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Historic Election Could Give St. Louis its First Black Woman Mayor

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Historic Election Could Give St. Louis its First Black Woman Mayor

by Nate Morris  via

Tishaura Jones told viewers of the March 23rd St. Louis mayoral debate that, as a child, she swore she would never enter politics.

“Well my momma used to say that the quickest way to make God laugh is to tell Him what you would never do,” she quipped.

Since then, Jones’ career in politics has been defined by breaking down long standing barriers. She’s become the first Black woman ever to serve as Missouri’s House Assistant Minority Floor Leader. She’s the first Black woman to serve as St. Louis treasurer. And, on April 6th, she hopes to…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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