Here Are the Candidates Running for Mayor, Council, in Newark’s Municipal Elections

The East Ward, which is mostly comprised of the Ironbound neighborhood, is an area that attracts both immigrants and people from outside the city who want to take advantage of the close access to New York. An opportunity is up for grabs for the next East Ward council seat to lead the area through a period of redevelopment and resurgence with a number of projects already underway.

In the West Ward, a crowded pool of candidates will be vying for an open seat to replace incumbent Joseph McCallum. McCallum is not running for reelection in light of a wire fraud charge issued against him in 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Traversing down South Orange Avenue, many local-owned businesses and shops that once lined the bustling street now sit shuttered and boarded up. The next West Ward council seat will oversee an area that is currently trying to attract more redevelopment and commerce, bringing new life to the neighborhood.

Candidates certified for this year's municipal elections had to meet a certain set of deadlines and requirements. 

For mayor and at-large, candidates must be a registered voter in Newark and a resident in the city for at least one year prior to the election.

For office of ward council members, candidates must be a registered voter in the ward they wish to represent and a resident of the ward they wish to represent for at least one year prior to the election.

Mayor and at-large council candidates were each required to submit 1,644 valid signed petitions. Central Ward council candidates were required to submit 349 valid signed petitions. East Ward council candidates were required to submit 185 valid signed petitions. North Ward council candidates were required to submit 356 valid signed petitions. South Ward council candidates were required to submit 393 valid signed petitions. West Ward council candidates were required to submit 362 valid signed petitions.

Here is the list of certified candidates running for mayor, each of the city's five wards and at-large so far. The city clerk expects to have the finalized list of certified candidates by Wednesday, March 9. *Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by the first letter of their last name.


Ras Baraka (Incumbent): Baraka is seeking his third term as mayor. He previously served as a member of City Council, representing the South Ward from 2010 to 2014 and as an at-large council member from 2002 to 2005.

Donna Jackson: Jackson is a longtime community activist who had previously supported Baraka, but has since turned against him. (Has not been certified yet)

Sheila Montague: Montague is a veteran teacher of 20 years in the Newark Public Schools system and an active founding member of Parents United for Local School Education, an active member of People's Organization for Progress, a member of The National NAACP and a certified notary public of New Jersey.

Debra Salters (Has not been certified yet)

Central Ward

LaMonica McIver (Incumbent): McIver in 2018 became the youngest member and woman elected to the City Council. McIver won the general runoff election in June 2018, after advancing from the general election.

Shawn McCray (Has not been certified yet)

East Ward 

Anthony Campos: Campos is a former police chief, public safety director and police director who retired from a 30-year career in 2016. He lost to Augusto in a runoff election in 2018.

Jonathan Seabra: Seabra is a local businessman whose family owns a well-known eponymous chain of supermarkets.

Michael Silva: Silva, a 28-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, is a former Newark Police officer and detective.

Louis Weber: Weber is the executive secretary of the Newark Police Department's Alcoholic Beverage Control Unit.

North Ward

Anibal Ramos, Jr. (Incumbent): Ramos is seeking a fifth term for the North Ward council seat. He was first elected in 2006 to City Council.

South Ward

Terrance Bankston: Bankston serves as the director for student leadership, engagement, and special programs at Bloomfield College.

Christina Cherry: Cherry is a mother, disabled veteran, second-generation immigrant, stakeholder, community activist, and president of The South 17th & 18th Street Neighborhood Association. 

Patrick Council: Council serves as director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services as well as chair for the South Ward Democratic Party.

Douglas Freeman: Freeman is the president at Weequahic Park Sports Authority, where he runs a number of youth programs.

Trenton Jones: Jones formed nonprofit Love Newark First, an outreach organization that has donated critical supplies and resources to Newark residents.

Cynthia Truitt-Rease: Rease is a representative from the South Ward Economic Community Development Corporation, a collective resource and information hub to assist residents in emergency situations.

Altarik White: White is the founder and executive director of Leaders For Life, a Newark-based community outreach group.

West Ward

Lyndon Brown: Brown founded the High School Academic Support Program, currently serving as its director and has assisted more than 5,000 Newark youth with post-secondary options by providing free financial aid workshops, SAT prep classes, college tours, job fairs, community service projects, mentorships, and pandemic relief assistance.

Oscar James II: James was elected as the youngest councilman in the history of Newark, where he served the South Ward from 2006 to 2010. He is currently the president of Chadwick Capital

Lavita Johnson: Johnson is an assistant manager in the city’s office of people’s assembly.

Dupre Kelly: Kelly is a member of the "Lords of the Underground" hip hop trio and co-founded and currently serves as executive director of local nonprofit 211 Community Impact.

Michelle Lyn Middleton: Middleton served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department and is the vice president of the New Jersey State lobbying firm for nonprofit organizations seeking municipal and federal funding throughout New Jersey and New York.

Chigozie Onyema: Onyema is a Newark-based attorney who most recently served as assistant commissioner and director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the NJ Department of Community Affairs, under Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver.


Elaine Aquil (Has not been certified yet)

Linda McDonald Carter (Has not been certified yet)

Dannisha Clyburn (Has not been certified yet)

C. Lawrence Crump (Incumbent): Crump serves as the general counsel and director of development for the Newark Parking Authority and formerly served as the legislative director for the city's Department of Economic and Housing Development.

Carlos Gonzalez (Incumbent): Gonzalez has an international background in the financial and legal sectors. He was sworn into office in July 2006 as a council member at-large.

Sharpe James (Has not been certified yet)

Khalil Kettles (Has not been certified yet)

Luis Quintana (Incumbent): Quintana is the first person of Hispanic descent to be elected to an at-large position in the Newark City Council, has worked as a youth counselor at the North Ward Center and has worked with projects and programs related to young people.

Louise Scott-Rountree: Rountree is the manager of clergy affairs in Newark.

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