Aja Owens

Mayor of Jennings

Aja will be the first out LGBTQ+ Mayor of Jennings!


Aja La’Starr Owens is a poet, author, educator, peer support specialist, and a former councilmember and outreach representative running to become mayor in The City of Jennings, Missouri. She has spent more than twenty years creating innovative programs and initiatives that serve the unhoused, youth, and senior communities. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and master’s degree from The University of Phoenix, she returned to St. Louis to help revitalize the neighborhood she grew up in for 30+ years. In addition to organizing community clean-ups and facilitating trauma-informed workshops-she successfully ran for city council and unseated an incumbent of 15 years. She strongly believes in creating an equitable city-one that is inclusive, affirming, and forward-moving.

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