FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Ferguson voters went to the polls in record numbers Tuesday night following months of turmoil and unrest after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
Approximately 30 percent of registered voters cast their ballots, electing three new council members. Ella Jones now represents Ward 1. Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher represents Ward 2. And Wesley Bell represents Ward 3, the community where Brown was killed.
There were dramatic increases in voter turnout across the city, including in Ward 3. Residents also reached another milestone. For the first time in the City's 127-year history, there are three African-Americans on the city council. Ella Jones is the first female African-American on the panel.
The city council is facing severs huge challenges, including hiring a city manager, police chief, and municipal court judge. It must also resolve issues with the Department of Justice after it released a scathing report sharply criticizing the police department and municipal court.
The new council members will be sworn into office April 21, 2015. They say they are ready to get to work and help move Ferguson forward.