Lezley McSpadden, mother to the late Michael Brown, is thinking about running for a seat on the Ferguson City Council—the municipality where Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.
McSpadden was recently a part of a panel discussion at Harvard University—where she made the announcement. “What I’m contemplating is running for City Council of Ferguson. There are several people back home that are willing to help me get that going and make sure that I’m treated right,” she stated.
According the St. Louis Post Dispatch, McSpadden stated she was encouraged to run by the family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump. Crump who was the lawyer affiliated with Trayvon Martin’s case, came aboard to represent McSpadden during the fiasco surrounding her son’s death.
Since Brown’s death, McSpadden acquired her GED last year, after stating she dropped out during her junior year to give birth to Brown. Due to the death of her son—the long-standing history between black people and the police—and the continuous racial issues within St. Louis, it’s clear what sparked her passion to get involved in local politics.
Ferguson 2018 municipal elections were held April 3, so McSpadden will not qualify for a council seat this year. If she meets Ferguson’s ordinances regarding its council members—she can place her name on the ballot during the 2019 open candidacy.
Watch the full panel discussion here.