Few candidates file for Ferguson election despite protests

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 20 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:42:01 PM UTC January 20, 2015 in News
By: Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - Ferguson's first municipal election since a fatal police shooting sparked months of protests and exposed the city's deep racial divide has drawn relatively little interest from prospective candidates.

Three of the St. Louis suburb's six City Council seats are up for election on April 7 and none of the three incumbents decided to seek re-election. Three of the eight residents who did declare as candidates waited until hours before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline.

Ferguson was roiled after the August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white Ferguson police officer. A St. Louis County grand jury declined in November to indict Darren Wilson. He left the force days later.

Activists who initially sought to oust elected leaders say many residents remain disillusioned with local politics.

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