Tishaura Jones was elected mayor of St. Louis on Tuesday, making her the first black woman to hold that position.
Tuesday night’s results showed Jones, the current city treasurer, outscoring her opponent, Councilmember Cara Spencer by a 52-48 margin.
Both Jones and Spencer had campaigned as social justice advocates who would implement criminal justice reform.
St. Louis and nearby Ferguson were focal points for civil rights protests following the police murder of Michael Brown in 2014, a time when the Black Lives Matter movement gained national strength.
Jones entered the race with an existing base of support from a failed 2017 mayoral campaign and volunteer offers for treasurer and ties to a host of city officials, including St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, who supported her. She was considered a favorite after finishing first in the March 2 primaries.
Tuesday’s race marked the second phase of St. Louis’ nonpartisan voting system. A primary was held on March 2 in which voters were able to vote for as many contenders as they wanted, while the April 6 runoff was designated only for those who garnered the most support.
Jones recently won her spot as treasurer in 2020 and will be sworn in as mayor on April 20.