Voters in the troubled Missouri city of Ferguson cast ballots Tuesday in the first municipal elections since a white police officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Four African-Americans are among the eight candidates vying for three seats up for grabs on a six-seat council that is overwhelmingly white.
Nearly 15,000 citizens are registered to vote, although only 12 percent turned out for mayoral elections a year ago.
The St Louis suburb of 21,000 is two-thirds African-American, but historically its black community has not been actively engaged in municipal politics.
Ferguson has been in the international spotlight since police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an 18-year-old, on a residential street last August, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests.
Ferguson's police chief, municipal judge and city manager have since resigned, while Mayor James Knowles -- whose job was not in contention Tuesday -- is the target of a recall campaign.