Ella Jones Has Made History as the First Black Mayor of Ferguson
Jones is also the first woman elected as mayor in the city's history.
On Tuesday, Ella Jones made history by becoming the first Black person and the first woman to ever be elected mayor of Ferguson, Missouri.
The New York Times reports that Jones, a Ferguson City Council member, has vowed to continue changes enacted in the city after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a Black teenager, in 2014. The changes to the city include a federal consent decree, a legally binding agreement requiring reforms to a police department.
"Being the first African-American woman, what does that mean? That means I’ve got work to do because when you’re an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart," Jones told reporter Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio. "I know the people in Ferguson are ready to stabilize their community, and we’re going to work together to get it done." When asked what her win means for Ferguson's Black residents, Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "One word: inclusion."
Over the past few days, protests have continued in the city over the death of George Floyd. In the same interview, Jones said that her initial role as mayor will be to "to help stabilize the businesses in Ferguson."
In 2015, Jones became the first Black woman elected to the City Council, and according to her City Council profile, has been a resident of Ferguson for over 40 years. Her profile also mentions that she "enjoys traveling, trout fishing, preparing New Orleans style cuisine, dancing, and power-shopping with her girlfriends."