Tisola Jones was elected Mayor of St. Louis on Tuesday, making her the first black woman to maintain this position.
The results on Tuesday night showed that Jones, the current city treasurer, defeated his opponent Alderman Cara Spencer 52-48.
Both Jones and Spencer have run for social justice advocates, and they will implement criminal justice reforms.
After the police killed Michael Brown in 2014, St. Louis and nearby Ferguson became the focus of civil rights protests. During this time, the Black Living Issues movement gained national attention.
Jones gained the existing base of support in a failed mayoral campaign in 2017 and is willing to establish financial and connections with many city officials, including the St. Louis County Administrator Sam Page who supported her , Participated in the competition. After winning first place in the elementary school competition on March 2, she was considered the front runner.
Tuesday’s game marked the second phase of St. Louis’ non-partisan voting system. In the primary election on March 2, voters can vote for any contender they want, while the final on April 6 is only for those who have the most widespread support.
Jones recently won her treasurer position in 2020 and will be sworn in as mayor on April 20.