Ferguson elects first woman and first black mayor in city’s history

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Voting stickers are seen as a man is checked in to receive his ballot during Missouri primary voting on March 15, 2016, in Ferguson, Missouri. (MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Voting stickers are seen as a man is checked in to receive his ballot during Missouri primary voting on March 15, 2016, in Ferguson, Missouri. (MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Missouri city where the death of a black teen set off weeks of nationwide protests and outrage in 2014 elected its first woman and first black mayor Tuesday night, according to CNN affiliate KMOV.

Returns from the St. Louis County Board of Elections show Ella Jones took 54% of the vote in the race for mayor of Ferguson versus Heather Robinett with 46%.

Nearly six years after a white police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the mayor-elect defeated her opponent as protests across the US continued over the death of George Floyd.

Jones is both the city’s first black mayor and the first woman in that office, according to KMOV.

Jones has worked as a chemist and church pastor, according to her campaign biography. She has served on the Ferguson city council since 2015, when she was elected as its first African-American member.

Jones succeeds James Knowles III, who was prohibited by term limits from running for reelection after nine years in office.

In 2014, a grand jury declined to indict the white officer who fatally shot the 18-year-old Brown.

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