Newark Runoff Elections

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
June 9, 2014

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The race for mayor of Newark may have been decided last month, but election season in the city isn’t over yet. A runoff election on Tuesday will determine who will hold the two remaining city council seats.

The West Ward runoff is between retired city employee Patricia Bradford and Joe McCallum, who’s an aide to outgoing West Ward Councilman Ron Rice, Jr. and ran on Mayor-elect Ras Baraka’s ticket.

In the Central Ward, incumbent Darrin Sharif is being challenged by former Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, who’s also been endorsed by Baraka.

Stevens Institute Political Science Professor Jonathan Wharton says the new mayor has a lot at stake in the runoff.

“To get a lot of the bills through and proposals, he needs that support. And so whoever he can get on his side is critical, and he’s said that. But it makes a bigger difference if he has the people he’s supporting on his ticket elected.”

Wharton says the outcome could impact how successful Baraka will be in pushing through his agenda.

Polls in the West and Central wards open on Tuesday at 6 AM and will close at 8 PM. 


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