Ferguson mayor seeks third term

8 months 1 week 2 days ago Saturday, April 01 2017 Apr 1, 2017 Saturday, April 01, 2017 10:01:00 AM CDT April 01, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - Ferguson's leadership has changed drastically since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown put the St. Louis suburb at the center of the debate over the treatment of African-Americans by the nation's police forces.

The one constant has been Mayor James Knowles III, who is asking voters for another three years on Tuesday in what surely has become one of the toughest political jobs in America.

Knowles, who is finishing his second term, is running against Ella Jones, a city council member and retired businesswoman who is hoping to become the first black mayor of predominantly black Ferguson.

Knowles says the city needs his steady hand as reforms continue. Jones says Ferguson needs a mayor who is inclusive instead of exclusive.

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