Newark election 2014: Run-off races to be held in Central and West wards

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on May 13, 2014

New representatives were elected tonight to the city council in Newark City Hall.

 

NEWARK — Incumbents largely won reelection in tonight's municipal election.

Neither Newark mayoral hopefuls Ras Baraka or Shavar Jeffries were able to usher in their full slate of preferred candidates.

Central Ward councilman Darrin Sharif will have to compete in a runoff next month with Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins after maintaining the lead but not securing 50 percent of the vote.

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Ras Baraka declares victory in Newark mayoral election

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on May 13, 2014

By Ted Sherman and Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on stage with Newark mayor-elect Ras Baraka during Baraka's victory speech after he beat Shavar Jeffries in today's mayoral election in Newark.

 

NEWARK — Ras Baraka, a councilman and fiery community activist who campaigned on the vow to "take back Newark" from outsiders, was elected mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in decisive fashion Tuesday night, declaring victory before the votes were even fully counted.

"We are the mayor!" he proclaimed, echoing his own campaign slogan.

With 150 of 162 precincts reporting, Baraka was swept into office, capturing 54 percent of the vote in the nonpartisan election — the first since Cory Booker decamped the city and set off for Washington. His opponent, Shavar Jeffries, who grew up in Newark after his teenage mother was murdered when he was just 10, followed with 46 percent.

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The cross-circuits of Democratic Party politics: past and future converge on tomorrow

By Max Pizarro | May 12th, 2014

In this cycle, nursing confusions and mangled alliances from 2013 and intent on reformulating and hardening battle lines leading up to 2017, the statewide Democratic Party warred with itself locally, its internal divisions enhanced by overwhelming outside spending.  

The theaters all fit together – Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Bayonne - and at the center stood Newark, in many ways the torque point for everything else.

Undiscovered territory undergirds these contests, specifically the amount of spending by independent expenditure groups: so far a total of $2.7 million in the cities – most of it ($2.6 million to date) in Newark; and the bulk of the Newark IE spending ($1.7 million) lined up in favor of establishment Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

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Newark's race for mayor: Baraka and Jeffries at the end of old-school battle with new cash

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on May 11, 2014

By Ted Sherman and Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger

 

Newark mayoral candidate and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, speaks at the podium, during a rally on the steps of Newark City Hall to oppose State Superintendent Cami Anderson's "One Newark" plan.

 

 

NEWARK — They both come from the same place.

One is a lawyer. The other an educator and elected official. They share similar views on many issues, both are registered Democrats, and they grew up in the same part of the city where each now lives.

But in the rancorous street fight that marks the race to elect the next mayor of Newark, the two candidates battling for the job might as well be from different planets.

The election in the state’s largest city on Tuesday pits Shavar Jeffries, 39, a former assistant attorney general who worked as a civil rights lawyer, against high school principal and city Councilman Ras Baraka, 45, the son of the late activist and poet Amiri Baraka.

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Battle Stations Newark: Ramos and company combine in the North Ward for Jeffries

By Max Pizarro | May 11th, 2014

 

 

NEWARK – The North Ward Democratic organization and attendant allies mobilized six floats Sunday and took to the streets of the North Ward for two hours, up Mount Prospect, down Summer and up Bloomfield, horn-honking, salsa blaring and broadcasting the alliance of Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and his candidate for mayor: the South Ward-based Shavar Jeffries.

“We’re focused and we’re pumped,” said Phil Alagia, head of operations. “We’re going to produce results here on Tuesday that we have not seen in a while.”

“A while” takes this group back to 2006, when Ramos beat then incumbent Councilman Hector Corchado, leading the outfit into its peak performance in 2007 when it catapulted M. Teresa Ruiz into the 29th District senate seat.

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Newark election 2014: candidates compete for council seats

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on May 11, 2014

The City Clerk's Office conducted a ballot drawing for Newark's 2014 election

 

NEWARK — While it’s the campaign antics in Newark’s mayoral election that make headlines, city council races can be even more competitive.

A total of 48 candidates are competing for nine slots — and in some cases, who the likely winner will be is anyone’s guess.

Those throwing their hats in the ring are numerous and diverse. There are longtime incumbents, political legacies, as well as young and fearless hopefuls.

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Interpreting Oliver: insiders examine implications of her Baraka endorsement

By Max Pizarro | May 10th, 2014

 

NEWARK – Former Speaker Sheila Oliver’s (D-34), East Orange, endorsement of Ras Baraka this past week had political insiders ravenously trying to interpret the move, at least two of them sniffing a possible future 10th Congressional bid.

Remember, those sources point out, the South Ward-schooled Oliver at one point considered carrying on the federal work of her mentor, the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10). At the peak of her political life, she looked hard at a congressional run, opting against it finally out of deference to the elder Payne, and committing to him that she wouldn’t stand in the way of his son in 2012.

But that was then, prior to the exhausting build-up of pin-balling between allies Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Oliver’s boss, powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo; prior to her own off-the-reservation run for the U.S. Senate last year; and prior to the seismic divide that has become this year’s Newark mayor’s race.

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Sources: Newark and the new war, constant TV and mail, massive Election Day spending blitz planned for Jeffries

By Max Pizarro | May 10th, 2014

 

NEWARK - Shavar Jeffries allies are so fretful of the opppsition stealing their signs - they go up at 3 in the morning and they're down by 4 in the morning, said a source - that they're paying kids to walk around like human billboards, clutching "Shavar Jeffries" signs.

The Baraka side has similar stories of intrigue and connivance, going back most dramatically to operatives with the Jeffries campaign allegedly setting their campaign bus on fire.

But the human billboards are not the main way the Jeffries message is getting out there.

Not by a long shot.

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Newark mayor's race candidate profile: Shavar Jeffries

By Mark Bonamo | May 10th, 2014

 

NEWARK - A quick glance at Harding Terrace, the street deep in the South Ward where Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries grew up, shows many of the signs of urban blight. But for Jeffries, the place means something beyond broken glass and boarded-up windows.

"It was a place of love. It was a place where going outside was our favorite thing to do," said Jeffries, 39, during the feverish final days on the campaign trail before the May 13 municipal election. "It was a place where anybody in the neighborhood could correct you and would correct you, if you weren't doing what you are supposed to do. It was a place where people would push you to be as great as God created us to be. A big reason why I'm running is that, while before my neighborhood was a place of development and affirmation, now, you may put your life in your hands just stepping outside. My number one objective is to end the epidemic of violence in our community." 

Observers of New Jersey politics might say that running for mayor of the state's largest city is a politician's most severe test. But for Jeffries, the greatest crucible of his life came when his mother was murdered, a victim of domestic violence. Jeffries was ten years old at the time.

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AG's office to monitor elections in Newark and Paterson

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on May 09, 2014

NEWARK — The state attorney general's office said today will monitor municipal elections in Newark and Paterson on Tuesday.

Deputy attorneys general will act as "roaming monitors" on Election Day and be available to deal with any voting-related legal issues that emerge, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office Lee Moore, said in an email.

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