Programming Note: Sharpe James will join us this Friday, February 3rd at 8pm as Newark Today Presents "The Four Living Mayors". He will be joined by fellow former mayors Ken Gibson, US Senator Cory Booker and current mayor Ras Baraka for what will be a historic night.
Mayor Sharpe James served as Newark’s south ward councilman before defeating Ken Gibson in a close 1986 election. It would end up being his closest election as city mayor. He was such a presence he ran unopposed in 1990. James went on to serve five terms, eventually becoming a state senator.