Ferguson Mayor James Knowles Re-elected in First Race Since Shooting of Michael Brown

FERGUSON, MO – MARCH 11: Ferguson Mayor James Knowles speaks to the media during a press conference at the Ferguson City Hall and Municipal Court Building on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. The press conference was held to announce the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and discuss the future of the embattled community. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

The Missouri city of Ferguson, which became a national flashpoint of racial dysfunction, voted to retain its incumbent mayor in the first mayoral election since protests erupted nearly three years ago after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Black city councilwoman Ella Jones was running against white incumbent Mayor James Knowles. On Tuesday, he won with 57% of the vote compared with Jones’ 43%, according to the St. Louis County election board.

Days before the election, Knowles made his case on why he was running for another term in the St. Louis suburb.

“I want the next chapter of the story of Ferguson to be one of hope and success. A story of neighbors who came together to overcome differences, to make positive changes, to discover that we are better together,” he posted on social media this week.

Face of Ferguson
Protests erupted in Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, after a struggle on August 9, 2014.

A grand jury later cleared Wilson of wrongdoing, leading to more tension and unrest.

As mayor, Knowles was the public face of Ferguson as the city became the epicenter of the larger national debate about policing in African-American communities.

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SOURCE: CNN, Faith Karimi

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