Incumbent Ferguson mayor faces opposition in April election

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, January 19 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:47:32 PM CST January 19, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who was the face of Ferguson, Missouri, in the turmoil that followed the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has opposition in his re-election bid.

The St. Louis suburb announced Thursday that two candidates are running for mayor in the April 4 election — incumbent James Knowles III and councilwoman Ella Jones. The election is nonpartisan.

Knowles was elected to his first three-year term in 2011 and re-elected in April 2014. That August, white officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was 18, black and unarmed.

Jones was elected in April 2015, becoming the first black woman to serve on the council. Knowles, who is white, served as a councilman for six years before being elected mayor.

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