Ferguson Elects More Black Members to City Council

FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Marneisha Jones places a stuff animal at a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown November 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A 12-member grand jury is reviewing evidence to decide whether or not to indict Wilson on charges. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Mourners at a memorial for Michael Brown on November 22, 2014.

Turnout was high in Ferguson, Missouri, in the first election since the unrest over the shooting of Michael Brown. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that more than 30 percent of registered voters cast ballots, more than twice as many as usual, but candidates favored by protesters lost. Two more African-American people, Ella Jones and Wesley Bell, were elected to the six-member City Council. It currently has only one black member, though the town is 67 percent black. Former mayor Brian Fletcher, who started an “I Love Ferguson” campaign, also won a seat. “It’s a dramatic change, not just a small step,” Fletcher said of the council’s new racial makeup. “It’s real progress, and I’m just glad to be part of it.”

Ferguson Elects More Black City Council Members