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Tishaura Jones elected St. Louis' first Black female mayor

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones waits to speak during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tishaura Jones on Tuesday was elected mayor of St. Louis and will become the city's first Black woman to hold that office after running on a progressive platform and a promise to reform and revitalize the city.

Washington (CNN)Tishaura Jones on Tuesday was elected mayor of St. Louis and will become the city's first Black woman to hold that office after running on a progressive platform and a promise to reform and revitalize the city.

Jones, the city's treasurer, beat Alderwoman Cara Spencer by 2,280 votes, according to the final unofficial election results posted online by the city's election board.

On Twitter, she congratulated Jones on her win, saying, "You have my support in making St. Louis the great city we know it can be. "

This year's mayoral race was a shift to St. Louis' new nonpartisan voting system approved in November by voters.

We've suffered disinvestments, decades of violence, broken promises from our city's leaders, who have bowed to the will of special interests and insider dealings," Jones said Tuesday night.

With St. Louis expected to receive more than $500 million as part of President Joe Biden's economic stimulus package, Jones has pledged to disburse the federal funds "with an eye towards equity. " Her proposed priorities for the funds include rental and mortgage assistance, expanding small business grants, setting up new emergency shelters, and mass vaccination clinics.

Jones ran for mayor in 2017, narrowly losing in the crowded Democratic primary to current St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Jones was also the first Black woman to serve as St Louis' treasurer, a role she's held for eight years and was recently reelected to last November.

Jones' career in public service began in 2002 when she was appointed Democratic committeewoman of St. Louis' Ward 8.

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