Wednesday, April 07, 2021

St. Louis Elects Tishaura Jones, Its First Black Woman As Mayor

Treasurer Tishaura Jones defeated Ward 20 Alderwoman Cara Spencer in the St. Louis Mayoral election Tuesday night, becoming the first Black female mayor in the city's history.

Jones will become mayor four years after losing to Lyda Krewson by 888 votes in the Democratic primary. She has served as St. Louis Treasurer since 2013 and before that, was a Missouri State Representative.

Jones, who has touted herself as a progressive, has said she would restructure the police department and reallocate money to substance abuse and mental health.

"I can promise you this, I can promise you this. I'll get up every day, day in day out, and I will work for you," said Jones. "I believe St. Louis's brightest days are ahead of us and not behind us."

The final vote percentage was 51.68 percent for Jones and 47.77 percent for Spencer in the general election.

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