Former Newark Police Chief Campos Announces Another Bid for East Ward Council Seat

The battle for the East Ward seat comes after incumbent Augusto Amador, who held the post for close to a quarter of a century, declared in September 2021 that he would not run for reelection. The East Ward, which is mostly comprised of the Ironbound neighborhood, is its own insular entity, sealed off from the rest of the city by the iron of train tracks as well as by its own unique political culture.

Campos, a lifelong East Ward resident, ran unsuccessfully in a 2018 campaign for the East Ward seat after Amador won by a razor-thin margin in a run-off.

After graduating from East Side High School, he joined the Newark Police Department and rose through the ranks. He finished his 30-year tenure in the department as director of public safety after being re-appointed to the position in 2014 by newly-elected Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

Coming into this year’s election, the former city police chief’s confidence remains high despite a lack of backing from Baraka or any incumbent City Council members. The mayor has already declared his support for Weber, and Silva will be backed by the outgoing Amador. 

“I have no ill will towards the mayor or any member of the council, but I’m not going to be beholden to them,” Campos told the crowd. “I am with you first.”

In his speech, Campos voiced his frustrations with what he felt has been a “low-quality” service endured by residents and local businesses. He called on voters to overcome the “disrespect they feel in the East Ward” by voting for a candidate who is more focused on their needs. 

After delivering his remarks, Campos called on those in attendance to take this campaign to the people and to walk with him down the street to meet with voters.

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published this page in News and Politics 2022-01-23 03:05:23 -0800