St. Louis elects Tishaura Jones as city’s first Black woman mayor

Written by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent

Published on 12th April 2021

Tishaura O. Jones’ victory arrives on the heels of Kim Janey’s ascension to mayor in Boston, another major U.S. city that never had a Black woman chief executive officer. (Photo courtesy NNPA)

 On 6th April 2021, Tishuara Jones was elected as Mayor of St Louis, Missouri. She will be sworn into office on 20th April 2021. She will be the first African-American woman to hold this position. In 2018, she was appointed the Treasurer of St. Louis, which is a position for which she has been successfully re-elected twice. She had previously run for Mayor in 2017 but was unsuccessful.

 In 2002, Jones started her political career as an elected Democratic committee member of St. Louis’ 8th Ward. She served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and became Missouri’s first African American woman to hold the position of Assistant Minority Floor Leader post.

 During her victory speech, she announced that “I will work to address inequities in the delivery of city services, and I will not stay silent when I see racism, homophobia, xenophobia, or religious intolerance. I will not stay silent when I spot any injustice”.

 She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University in 1994. In 2001, Jones graduated with a Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University School for Public Health. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a historically African- American sorority which Jones is a member of, have praised Jones’s historic achievement as the first Black female Mayor of St. Louis.

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