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.

In the West Ward, Patricia J. Bradford and Joseph A. McCallum, Jr. will also have a run-off. Both Bradford, an independent candidate, and McCallum, who ran on Baraka's ticket beat Jeffries' preferred candidate Kevin Waters.

The West Ward race was thrown wide open after Councilman Ron Rice decided not to seek re-election.

In the North Ward, incumbent councilman Anibal Ramos successfully won a third term on the council, beating Luis Lopez, former principal of the Roberto Clemente elementary school. Ramos ran on Jeffries' ticket while Lopez ran on Baraka's ticket.

In the South Ward, John Sharpe James, a decorated veteran and son of former mayor Sharpe James, successfully beat popular little league coach Brian Logan.

James had been serving as an at-large councilman after winning a November special election to serve the remainder of Rep. Donald Payne Jr.'s (D-10th Dist.) term after Payne was elected to Congress.

He ran on Baraka's ticket, while Logan was backed by Jeffries.

In the East Ward, Augusto Amador won a fifth turn on the council, decisively beating his his challengers, including Jonathan Seabra, Luis Correia and Omar Nieves. None of his challengers were backed by Baraka.

At-Large incumbents Mildred Crump, Carlos Gonzalez and Mayor Luis Quintana all won re-election. Union leader Eddie Osborne, who ran on Baraka's ticket also won a seat.

A total of 48 candidates competed for nine slots this year.

A run off election is scheduled for June 10. Council members are sworn in for a four-year term on July 1.

A council candidate seeking a post in a ward must receive more than 50 percent of the vote. If a candidate does not receive a majority, a run-off election is held with the two candidates with the greatest number of votes.

In the at-large races, a separate formula is used to determine whether there is a runoff election.

There has been a runoff election in at least one of the municipal races since 1954, according to an analysis from the city clerk's office.

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