Ferguson picks Ella Jones as first African American and first woman mayor

Councilwoman Ella Jones was elected mayor of Ferguson on Tuesday, becoming the first African American to lead the St. Louis suburb that became nationally known after a police officer killed a black teen.

Jones, who also will be the first woman to serve as the city’s mayor, secured her historic victory with 54% of the vote over Councilwoman Heather Robinett, who had 46%.

“It’s just our time,” Jones, 65, said in an interview Tuesday night. “It’s just my time to do right by the people.”

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.