Baraka displays show of unity at re-election announcement

June 22, 2017

When Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stepped to the podium on Thursday to announce the start of his 2018 re-election campaign, the numbers present represented a pyramid of power.

More than 500 people stood in front of City Hall to show support for Baraka, the former South Ward councilman, who won his seat at the top of New Jersey's largest city in 2014.

Dozens of state and Essex County ...

Ramos announces bid for fourth term on City Council

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. announced his intention to run for a fourth term on the City Council during a fundraiser Tuesday that raised more than $150,000.

Ramos is the first member of the City Council to publicly announce his intention to run in the May 2018 election. The announcement ends speculation that he would make another bid for mayor. Ramos ran for mayor in 2014 ...

Baraka set to announce re-election and council slate, but one council member opts out

First-term Mayor Ras Baraka has scheduled an announcement on the steps of Newark City Hall on June 22 to announce his bid for a second term as well as his slate of council candidates.

But at least one member of the current City Council will not be standing by his side.

Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins wrote in a letter to Baraka that it was much too premature for her ...

Former and current Newark mayor vie for credit in Murphy victory

Newark's political factions who joined forces last week in the Democratic gubernatorial primary are wrangling over who deserves credit for a get-out-the-vote effort that delivered 73 percent of the Democratic vote in the city to Phil Murphy.

Mayor Ras Baraka, whose base is in the South Ward, and former Mayor Sharpe James, who also hails from the South Ward and still wields ...

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