ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–She was the quiet candidate you didn’t hear from much in the four-way race for city treasurer — and quietly, she won.
State Representative Tishaura Jones beat out Aldermen Fred Wessels and Jeffery Boyd, and the city’s democratic central committee chairman Brian Wahby.
The daughter of former city comptroller Virvus Jones says she plans to clean up the office.
“First thing I’m going to do is a top-to-bottom audit,” Jones said, “and let’s see where the problems lie. I’m going to post the results of that audit for everyone to see, because I believe in transparency in government.”
Unlike the other three in the race, Jones did not campaign on a pledge to put more money from the parking meter division into general revenue. In fact, she believes such a move would be against the Missouri constitution.
“Anytime you’re increasing fees for the purpose of sending more money to general revenue, that’s a direct violation of the Hancock amendment ,” Jones said.
Her nearest rival in the four-way race was Aldermen Fred Wessels, who had enjoyed the lead early on in the night, and Wessels had been endorsed by Mayor Slay.