The city of St. Louis, Missouri, elected its first black female mayor on Tuesday, with Democrat Tishaura Jones taking 52 percent of the vote over her opponent’s 48 percent. She will be sworn in on April 20 and faces the dual challenges presented by a declining population and one of the worst murder rates in the nation.
“St. Louis: This is an opportunity for us to rise,” Jones said in her victory speech. “I told you when I was running that we aren’t done avoiding tough conversations. We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and our region back.”
Jones defeated Alderwoman Cara Spencer in the general election. Spencer, in her concession address, noted the historic achievement of her opponent.
“This is something we should all celebrate,” Spencer said. “Our city broke a glass ceiling tonight, a ceiling that shouldn’t have been there.”