2010 Mayoral Candidates

Yvonne Garrett Moore

Yvonne Garrett Moore lives in the Clinton Hill section of Newark. The performing artist by trade says she later became an art administration consultant by developing projects using art and culture to revitalize blighted areas. The mother of four and grandmother of seven says if she's elected to be Newark's next mayor, women will be a priority.

"Cause I believe that when we help women to become stabilized, we're helping families to become stabilized and we're helping communities to ultimately be stabilized."

Garrett Moore says one way to control the city's growing budget deficit is to redistribute the city's resources and use the talents and services of its residents.

"We're not doing enough to be self sustaining. We're not doing enough to get Newarkers investing back in Newark and getting the large number of commuters that we have in the city investing back in Newark. We have look at means and ways of doing that."

Garrett Moore says she lived in the Central Ward during the 1967 riots. She would require the police in each ward to know every resident on their beat and play a bigger role in the community activities.

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Mirna White

The New York native says she heard about the Renaissance in Newark. In 2008, Mirna White says she moved into a downtown high-rise to be a part of the change.

"I would listen to the mayor of the current administration now and I thought that he was doing so much in the community. So I wanted to come and offer my assistance here in Newark somehow, my talents, my gifts, my abilities. I feel like there was something that I needed to give back."

White says she attended City Hall meetings and volunteered to mentor children and feed the homeless. But after hearing about some resident's dissatisfaction with the current administration, White decided to run for office. If she is elected as Newark's next mayor, the attorney who practices criminal, real estate, immigration and family law will make sure the city enforces the affirmative action plan for affordable housing and city residency requirements on construction sites.

"We're not adhering to this. This is something that we can use to bring jobs to Newark residents."

White would also bring back the position of Police Chief to work with the Police Director, and put more police officers in high crime areas.

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Mayor Cory Booker

Mayor Cory Booker says he inherited a $180 million deficit from Sharpe James' Administration when he came into office almost four years ago. While the former Central Ward Councilman and Rhodes Scholar says his administration has shrunk the deficit through prudent planning, Newark is still facing roughly $60 million in debt. But Booker says the city's public-private partnerships he has fostered are providing a much-needed injection of cash.

"So we've been finding ways for almost now $100 million of new investment into our city through philanthropists, through foundations, through partnerships with other governments to get things done that other cities in America quite frankly aren't doing."

Booker's opponents and some residents say crime is still a major concern the city has to address. While the mayor agrees there's still more work to be done, Newark is a safer place than it was four years ago.

"Objectively, on the statistics that you can look from the federal government keeps on all cities in America, we are the number on city in America on driving down shootings in America next to Los Angeles, and we have seen four successive years of pushing down crime."

The Mayor says he's not only trying to change the reality here in Newark, but also its reputation to the world. He's asking voters to give him another four more years to build on the foundation he set in place so residents can live in the city that they dream of.

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Clifford Minor

Newark native Clifford Minor left public service 17 years ago before entering private practice. However, Minor says that he's now stepping back into the ring because there needs to be a change in Newark.

"People are angry. People are very concerned about everyday things that they didn't have to be worried about."

The Booker Administration says crime has dropped over the last four years. However, the former judge and Essex County Prosecutor says one of his priorities as mayor would be transparency which will paint a less rosy picture.

"You can make an average or median out of numbers, and that's what is happening. We believe that the numbers are being manipulated."

But, Minor says the number one problem he would like to address is the thing the city can't fix, education. New Jersey has failed Newark residents since taking over the school system 15 years ago.

"And say that well, you're not performing well so what we're going to do is get some charter schools. Is that the answer to public education is charter schools the answer? Is it that you're saying we don't know how to fix it? Say so."

Minor says he would also hire more Newark residents to solve the city's problems.

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