Ellla Jones

Ella M. Jones, the first African-American councilwoman elected in the City of Ferguson, will kick off her bid for mayor of Ferguson at noon on Saturday, November 19 at Drakes Place, 701 S. Florissant Rd.

Jones, who has been a resident of Ferguson for more than 30 years, quit her job at Mary Kay to run for the Ward 1 City Council seat in April 2015. She won nearly 50 percent of the vote in a four-way race that also featured Adrianne Hawkins, Mike McGrath and Doyle McClellan.

"For some people, it means hope," Jones told St. Louis Public Radio at the time, answering a question about what it will mean for the council to have three black members. "For some people, it means a new face for Ferguson. And for some people, it means that it’s time for us to get together and do the work we need to do to build our city."

She will run for mayor on a platform of better serving youth, seniors and veterans, job creation and education reform. She said she is “steadfast in maintaining the integrity of the City of Ferguson,” as opposed to disincorporation or a merger.

She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri St. Louis and served as pastor in the A.M.E. church for 22 years. She is widowed with one daughter.

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