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Ferguson voters go to polls to elect 3 to council members

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Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The next Ferguson City Council will face the daunting task of remaking much of the beleaguered town's leadership, a process that will begin soon after Tuesday's municipal election.

Three of the six council seats are up for grabs in the St. Louis County town where 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer in August. Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury and the Justice Department, but a separate DOJ report blasted Ferguson for racial bias and profiling in the police department and a profit-driven municipal court system.

Fallout from that report led to the resignation of the city manager, police chief, municipal judge and two police officers. The municipal court clerk was fired for racist emails.

In Ferguson's 121 year history, the city has only elected two black councilman. Three of the current white council members decided not to run for re-election and a diverse group of eight candidates, four black and four white, are running to take their places.  

Once seated, the council will work with a firm to hire a new police chief and city manager. They'll also oversee city leadership and keep a close eye on the city budget. 

Almost 600 people in the city have registered to vote since the shooting death of Mike Brown. 

County officials say that voter registration has never been a problem in Ferguson, but voters showing up at the poles has been. 

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