Newark Municipal Election 2014

New Voices for Newark: The 2014 Mayoral Candidates in Conversation with Dr. Clement Price at NJPAC

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WBGO and NJPAC present a conversation with Newark mayoral hopefuls Shavar Jeffries Ras Baraka, the two candidates running for Mayor in the 2014 municipal elections on May 13th. The conversations will take place on two consecutive Mondays in April and will be streamed live at 7pm. Each conversation will be broadcast on WBGO 88.3FM and wbgo.org the following Sunday at 9 a.m. The moderator is Dr. Clement Price, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers and history professor, who was recently named official historian of the City of Newark.

Listen to the live show:

A Conversation with Shavar Jeffries - April 14, 2014

Listen to the recorded show (60 mins):

Shavar Jeffries is a fifth-generation Newarker who was raised by his grandmother, a public school teacher, in the city’s South Ward. Since 2004, he has been an associate professor at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School, where he and his students handle primarily pro bono cases for the benefit of Newark schoolchildren. In 2008, Jeffries took a leave from the law school to serve as Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General. He is a former President of the Newark Advisory School Board and the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and TEAM Academy Charter School, both of Newark, and serves as counsel to the Newark law firm Gibbons P.C. Jeffries is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle hosts the program.

A Conversation with Ras Baraka - April 21, 2014

Listen to the recorded show (60 mins):

Ras Baraka was elected to the Newark Municipal Council in 2010 to represent the South Ward. Born, raised and educated in Newark, he graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and history and earned a master’s in education supervision from St. Peter’s University. A community organizer for more than 20 years, he ran his first campaign for Newark mayor in 1994, at the age of 24. In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Mayor to fulfill the unexpired term of the late South Ward Councilman Donald Tucker. Baraka is credited with transforming Central High School, where he has been principal since 2007. He is the son of the late poet and author Amiri Baraka and the poet Amina Baraka and the father of three girls.

WBGO Assistant News Director Andrew Meyer hosts the program.