Two and half years later following the police involved shooting and death of Michael Brown, Ferguson is a still city of unrest and racial tension, yet Ella Jones, 52, is the Black city councilwoman woman hoping to be its next mayor.
After Brown’s death at the hands of officer Darren Wilson, many protests and riots took place over the city. Neighborhoods and businesses suffered because of vandalism, looting, and fires. Later in March 2015, the Department of Justice would declare Ferguson as being racially biased. Much of the city is or was funded by the fines and charges created by the police. Most city officials resigned afterwards. Throughout it all, James Knowles III has been the mayor since his election in 2011.
“These past three years have been very difficult, but I’ve been the one who has shown I can lead through tough times,” said Knowles. “That I can take the heat but also make the changes, the reforms necessary to make the community move forward.”
According to city of Ferguson website, under her council member profile, Jones received a “B.A. in Chemistry from UMSL and served as Pastor in the A.M.E. Church for 22 years”. She “enjoys traveling, trout fishing, dancing, cooking and shopping with her girlfriends.”
“We have to listen and stop turning our heads and turning a deaf ear to people, because they’re just like you and I. They want to be heard and they have a right to be heard,” Jones says of the citizens of the Ferguson community.
Last month, it was revealed that Mike Brown was did not rob the convenience store as the police and the media claimed. Last week a young man who lived in the same apartment complex of Mike Brown was shot, and only yesterday a fireman was shot while responding to a fire. Whoever they pick, the city of Ferguson will be voting for change this Tuesday.