Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council

Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City CouncilLezley McSpadden announced her candidacy at an emotionally charged rally surrounded by supporters, a day after the fourth anniversary of her son’s death, which thrust the St. Louis suburb into the global spotlight as an emblem of troubled U.S. race relations. McSpadden, a onetime grocery store worker who founded and runs a charitable foundation in her son’s name dedicated to various social causes, had previously hinted at her intention to seek a City Council seat at an event in April. “I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps, running for Ferguson City Council of 2019.” McSpadden, who earned her high school diploma last year at age 37, said her three main focuses would be community policing, economic equality and healthcare access, especially for children.



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