Tishaura Jones’ journey to being elected mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, came full circle Tuesday night. Defeating opponent Alderwoman Cara Spencer, Jones crossed the threshold to becoming the first Black woman to lead the city. Jones finished with 51.7 percent of the vote to Spencer’s 47.8 percent.
Quoting Maya Angelou, Jones said, “St. Louis, this is an opportunity for us to rise.” She said she wanted to build a city where everyone could feel welcome regardless of their background.
Saint Louis, thank you for saying yes.
Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/rYWc470Ioi
— Tishaura O. Jones (@tishaura) April 7, 2021
More than a historic first, Jones brings to the role the bold vision, experience, and knowledge to break down historical racial barriers and divides and other inequities that persist in the city. She said that while some barriers are being broken, work remains.
“From rebuilding and redeveloping our neighbors with communities not to them, addressing the inequities of the delivery in our city services and reforming our city government to be transparent, accessible, and open to you the taxpayers and residents of the City of St. Louis,” Jones continued.