In a remarkable upset victory that could have a \u0022transformative\u0022 effect on St. Louis\u0026#039;s deeply racist criminal justice system, progressive reformer and Ferguson city council member Wesley Bell on Tuesday handily defeated 27-year Democratic incumbent Bob McCulloch in the race to become St. Louis County\u0026#039;s top prosecutor.\u0022Wesley Bell and an amazing team of volunteers ousted a 27 year incumbent! With his win tonight St. Louis County Prosecutor-elect Bell is breaking through decades of corruption and systemic racism in the criminal justice system.\u0022 —Democracy for AmericaMcCulloch became \u0022notorious\u0022 nationwide after his refusal to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014—an event that sparked weeks of protests and galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement.As Huffington Post senior reporter Matt Ferner noted on Twitter, Tuesday\u0026#039;s race was widely viewed as a \u0022referendum on McCulloch\u0026#039;s handling\u0022 of the Michael Brown case, and voters decided that it is time for a radical change.Bell—who is expected to coast in November\u0026#039;s general election, as there are no Republicans on the ballot—ran on an ambitious and straightforward agenda centered around ending mass incarceration, eliminating cash bail, expanding treatment for drug abuse and mental illness, and ending the deeply harmful practice of harshly punishing non-violent drug and property offenders.\u0022If we\u0026#039;re going to push these changes, I need you to be a part of that too,\u0022 Bell told supporters during his victory speech late Tuesday. \u0022Lets keep this momentum going. So we can bring change to this county; so that we can be change that\u0026#039;s not only going to make people safer, but help people, help families. This is too important, this matters too much, so let\u0026#039;s keep moving and pushing St. Louis County, the region, the country, forward. Thank you so much.\u0022Wesley Bell and an amazing team of volunteers ousted a 27 year incumbent! With his win tonight St. Louis County Prosecutor Elect @Bell4STL is breaking through decades of corruption and systemic racism in the criminal justice system. #RingTheBell #ByeBob pic.twitter.com/YsqQqfKFKe— Democracy for America (@DFAaction) August 8, 2018I think we have just witnessed the biggest criminal justice victory in years!!!Wesley Bell is the new St. Louis County Prosecutor and has ousted one of the most problematic prosecutors in America. So proud of you @Bell4STL. Grateful to every volunteer \u0026amp; donor. pic.twitter.com/481lLdSqDY— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 8, 2018In a statement applauding Bell\u0026#039;s upset win, Democracy for America chair Jim Dean said his success \u0022shows us that voters are hungry for prosecutors who understand the structural racism that undergirds our criminal justice system and are committed to delivering on reforms that can fundamentally alter it.\u0022\u0022We can\u0026#039;t fundamentally reform our criminal justice system if we don\u0026#039;t change our criminal prosecutors, and that\u0026#039;s exactly what St. Louis County is poised to do,\u0022 Dean concluded.