St. Louis elects Tishaura Jones as first Black female mayor

St. Louis, Missouri has elected its first Black female mayor. Tishaura Jones has committed to the “reimagining” of public safety, stricter gun control, and the closure of one of the city’s pretrial detention centres accused of inhumane conditions.

Jones will be sworn into office on April 20, 2021. The final vote tally between her and Alderwoman Cara Spencer was Jones with 52% against Spencer with 48%.

“St Louis, this is an opportunity for us to rise,” she said in her victory speech. “I told you when I was running that we are done avoiding tough conversations. We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and our region back.”

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