Tishaura Jones made a historic victory as the first Black woman elected mayor in St. Louis, a triumph for progressive candidates in the St. Louis region. Jones stated race will no longer be an afterthought in the mayor’s office. The election occurred amidst the unrest at local jails, rising gun violence and a pandemic that has hurt People of Color.
Jones previously served as St. Louis treasurer. She decided to run on a progressive platform, calling for a “reimagining” of public safety and promising to close the Workhouse. The Workhouse is under fire for inhumane conditions. Once Jones is sworn into office on April 20th, she has plans to shut down the Workhouse within 100 days.