Even his relatively quiet neighborhood has seen its share of violence this year. Jeffries previously served as president of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board. Now, more than a decade later, charter schools serve about 9,600 of Newark's 44,000 students, and there seems nothing but drama. (She is state-appointed, and the winner of the mayoral election would have to persuade Christie to dismiss her. Views expressed by our advertisers and sponsors are their own, and are not endorsed by NJ Spotlight News. Jeffries went on to amass a stellar resume: Duke, Columbia Law, and a federal appellate court clerkship. "I believe competition forces every provider to make sure they're focusing on children and not politics," he says. Photojournalist / Editor: Will Caldwell. SHARE: By David Cruz Correspondent. Not surprisingly, his opponents say they’re working on the problem. May 9, 2018 at 3:22 AM ... the widest margin among any of the ward candidates. "Nobody in my family was going away to college. This was a question and answer event open to the public in the Evergreen Room of the Newark Senior Center on Whitechapel Drive. NEWARK, N.J. -- "They're trying to make it like the street fight between Cory Booker and Sharpe James," says Ras Baraka, candidate for mayor of New Jersey's largest city, referring to election opponent Shavar Jeffries. The district superintendent, Gov. Along the way, he says, he never forgot his background. "The president of the United States was accused of being an activist. With Booker headed to Washington next week, there is concern that the mayor’s ability to attract investment and polish the city’s image despite the violence will wane. “I think all the candidates are very thoughtful, both for City Council and for mayor,” Norwood, who moved to Newark for work last July, said. Mayoral candidate Nicholas Fader has dropped out of the race, leaving four people vying for Newark’s top elected office. The 2002 election for Mayor of Newark took place in Newark, the most populous city in the state of New Jersey, on May 14, 2002.Elections for all seats on the nine member Municipal Council of Newark were held the same day. Photo Credit: Danielle Silverman . Dael Norwood, a history professor at the university, said was unsure of which mayoral candidate he would vote for on April 9, but he knew which City Council candidate for District 1 he preferred. Jeffries calls Baraka endorser Sharpe James, the scandal-tainted mayor Booker toppled in 2006, one of a "series of candidates who represent Newark's past. I’d say years. The League of Women Voters of New Castle County, AAUW Newark, and the Newark Senior Center are sponsoring a candidates' night for the Newark mayoral election and Council Districts 1, 2, and 4. In an off-year election, voters next month may make decisions based as much on style as on policy. Baraka is a former public high school principal who adamantly opposes the idea of "competition.". Jeffries, who in the past had cordial relations with Anderson, is a supporter of charter schools. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will host two one-hour conversations next month with each of the Newark mayoral candidates. He’s one of four people now running to succeed Cory Booker as mayor, and the latest to unveil an anti-violence platform. Newark Mayoral Candidates Vying To Replace Cory Booker Battle Over Schools. It’s gonna take years. Promotional support provided by InsiderNJ. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Blaring sound trucks that slowly cruise the streets of Newark every election day, played hip-hop, salsa and rap soundtracks, while the amplified messages of the candidates echoed off buildings. Baraka's larger convictions about education, meanwhile, could not be farther from Jeffries'. A city councilor, he was also the principal of Newark's Central High School until he took a leave of absence to run. “The city council made the decision to lay off 170 cops. (Booker has not endorsed anyone in the race and a spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.) Filed Candidates Part of HuffPost Politics. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! Newark has had 82 homicides this year and the men running to replace Cory Booker have outlined their plans to help curb violence in the city. That, he adds, is "the foundation of why he doesn't have any allegiance to Newark Public Schools at all.". ), "I'm hoping that she won't be around before I'm elected," Baraka says. There are as many anti-violence plans as there are candidates for office in this city, leaving even the most optimistic of Newarkers skeptical, but most everyone agrees that until and unless this city gets control of its violence, prospects for economic development will continue to fade. I applaud the mayor for what he has done downtown, but we need those same resources in the neighborhoods. Where Jeffries has attracted the endorsement of New York Times columnist David Brooks, Baraka has former mayor Sharpe James, who was convicted on federal fraud charges in 2008. Here’s how. A vandalized Ras Baraka campaign sign. Jeffries says that if he's elected, he'd be willing to let Anderson keep her job "if she's willing to fundamentally reset how she engages our community and fall under my office as the mayor and our community more broadly. 2018 Newark Mayor Voter Guide Compare the candidates policies, political views, popularity ratings, and latest public opinion polling. It will explode the budget and that’s just not gonna happen,” Sharif said. WHAT: A forum for candidates running for mayor of the city of Newark.All candidates who will appear on the May 11 ballot have been invited to participate in the forum. jwilliams6@newarkadvocate.com 740-328-8547 Newark Mayoral Candidates Vying To Replace Cory Booker Battle Over Schools, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (L) participates in a reenacted swearing-in with his wife Cheryl Flake (C) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. "If by contrast your mayor has been burning bridges of these sorts for 20 years, marching against the governor, marching against white people, marching against Wall Street, then you're going to have a much more difficult time building the very partnerships we need to grow the city.". 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); NJ Spotlight exists in part thanks to generous foundation support, including our founding funders the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the William Penn Foundation -- as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Fund for New Jersey, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and the Nicholson Foundation. "There was no money that exchanged hands, no proof of malfeasance, none of that stuff, really. "This idea that the marketplace is going to improve equation is false, it doesn't work," Baraka says. NEWARK, N.J. -- "They're trying to make it like the street fight between Cory Booker and Sharpe James," says Ras Baraka, candidate for mayor of New Jersey's largest city, referring to … Baraka says Anderson has spent too much time focused on expanding charter schools and too little time on improving district schools that already exist. Elections in the city are non-partisan and candidates are not listed by political party. A runoff election, if necessary, would have taken place. I'm also the principal of a school," Baraka says. Guthrie: What actually got me into politics was getting arrested for having a party on University of Delaware’s campus. Reporter: Ranji Sinha. ", Baraka, meanwhile, speaks of Anderson's time in Newark in the past tense. League member Carole Walsh moderated. Major funding provided for Chat Box with David Cruz provided by; New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, New Jersey Education Association, and Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey. "Everybody has options except for poor people.". On March 27, 2006, James announced that he would not seek a sixth term, preferring to focus on his seat in the New Jersey Senate. "I know a lot of people who are transacting are supporting him," Jeffries says of Baraka. When asked if he believes the situation in Newark will get better soon, Michael Hunter said, “Nuh uh. LWVNCC and AAUW Newark branch co-sponsored a candidate's night for the Newark mayoral race and city council on the evening of Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Jeffries' way of giving back was to found the first TEAM Academy Charter School in Newark in 2002. And there was no drama.". "I took the bus for about 90 minutes every day.". Major funding for Reporters Roundtable with David Cruz provided by; RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, and New Jersey Realtors. If the May 13 mayoral election is not a rerun of the the infamous "street fight" between Booker and James, it nevertheless has produced plenty of the Brick City's trademark electoral fireworks -- including arson. Many weren't even getting out of high school," Jeffries recalls. Shavar Jeffries is a former assistant attorney general. That his successor’s job could be made even more difficult if the violence continues to escalate. The next New York City mayor will be elected in 2021. "When I jumped into it, it wasn't about charter versus district, any of that," he recalls. Kirby Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, and the Union Foundation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images), plans to close or consolidate a half-dozen schools, lay off up to 1,000 of the district's 3,800 teachers. Convenient for him because he’s not a member of that body and the others running for mayor are. General Election - Nov. 3 Updated: Sept. 17. Grassmann Trust, the F.M. Follow @CruzNJTV "Her plan is incredibly radical.". By Matt Sledge. David Walsh, Shakima Thomas, Donna Jackson, Wilbur Ross, and Debra Salter… The city of Newark, New Jersey, held a general election for mayor on May 8, 2018.Incumbent Ras J. Baraka secured a second term.. Baraka faced a former supporter, Newark City Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins.. Chaneyfield Jenkins backed Baraka's 2014 mayoral bid, running as part of his slate of candidates. “I mean the streets are a war zone. Where Jeffries is backed by more than $1.3 million from a super PAC supported by financial professionals, Baraka has garnered the support of the Newark Teachers Union and $159,000 from a union 501(c)4 group. In Newark, Mayoral Candidates Are a Study in Contrast April 30, 2014 | Elections , Politics Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries held separate endorsement events in their bids to become Newark mayor. Winans describes how the election was eventually narrowed down to two candidates: Hugh Addonizio, the incumbent, and Ken Gibson, the nominee of the Black and Puerto Rican Convention. Baraka says the era of "cult worship" in Newark is over, a reference to the popular Booker, who left the mayor's office to serve as a U.S. senator in October. ©2020 NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Newark-mayor-collage.JPG. Relations with the University of Delaware and its students, development in the city and moving Newark forward – those were among the topics discussed at Tuesday’s mayoral candidate forum. Born in Newark, his mother was murdered when he was 10. The 2020 City Elections for Council Districts 3, 5 and 6 have been postponed by order of Governor John C. Carney due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. While Jeffries sees his time at prep school as a selling point, Baraka has a different take. Jeffries’ strategy has centered on blaming the city council for the city’s ills, including the violence. "When you find out who is running these organizations, you'll see that they are either from South Jersey organizations -- big political bosses like George Norcross -- or they are from Wall Street," Baraka alleges. Coalition for Healthy Ports 18 Oliver Street Newark, NJ 07102 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Coalition for Healthy Ports (CHP) is a Newark-based, bi–state collaboration of over 40 "I'm not Sharpe James and he's definitely not Cory Booker.". Jeffries, a 39-year-old civil rights lawyer, has a compelling biography. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? Major funding for NJTV News provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, Orsted, PSEG Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and RWJ Barnabas Health. Newark Mayoral Candidates Report Raising Nearly $1 Million - Newark, NJ - With election still nearly a year away, the cash pours in for Baraka, Jeffries and Ramos. ©2020 Verizon Media. But Anderson may have overreached with her latest plans. Supporters on both sides have been accused of dirty tricks. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? We need all hands on deck, get everyone together who can help build a safer city,” Ramos said. The School of Public Affairs and Administration on the Newark campus is hosting a public service panel presentation with the 2014 Newark Mayoral candidates. Baraka wins reelection in Newark mayoral race in a landslide By MARK J. BONAMO AND HEATHER KAYS . Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries to face off in debate. Our cops do not have the equipment they need right now. Jeffries is a charter school founder who favors school "choice," much as Booker did. His father, he says, was never around, so it fell to his grandmother to raise him. She said she hopes to lay off up to 1,000 of the district's 3,800 teachers using merit evaluations instead of teacher seniority. So from there, I wanted to figure out the strategy behind the many restrictions and see if there was an amicable way to come up with solutions that would make both students and residents happy. Minor, Yvonne Garrett Moore, and Mirna L. White have confirmed their attendance. The four Newark mayoral candidates, Ras Baraka, Darrin Sharif, Shavar Jeffries and Anibal Ramos debate education tonight. It is an affiliate of the national Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, charter school network. That will enable our young teens to get some work and they can feel confident and proud about themselves and they don’t have to go out here and get involved in all the negative,” City Council Candidate Brian Logan said. Baraka, 44, is the son of black nationalist poet Amiri Baraka. In Newark, Mayoral Candidates Are a Study in Contrast. The race was characterized as a contest between two candidates, Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, both from Newark's South Ward. North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos is also running for mayor. Promotional support provided by New Jersey Business Magazine. ", "We have to build these bridges and partnerships with a diverse range of folks," says Jeffries. Residents of Newark’s South Ward have seen an increased police presence following a rash of homicides this summer. Take the political quiz to see which Mayoral candidates … Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. “There really has to be a call to action. The South Ward in particular where murders have gone up over 40 percent in the last few years,” Jeffries said. Chris Christie appointee Cami Anderson, recently announced plans to close or consolidate a half-dozen schools, placing some under the management of charter operators. He got a lucky break with a scholarship to Seton Hall Preparatory School in affluent West Orange. "You can't apply market philosophies to education. All rights reserved. "Yeah I'm an activist, I'm a community activist. NEWARK - Just one… "Really what they did was make him a martyr.". Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif says 50 new cops are on the way in the next few months. The 2014 Newark mayoral election took place in Newark, the most populous city in New Jersey, on May 13, 2014.The race was characterized as a contest between two candidates, Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, both from Newark's South Ward.Elections for all seats on the nine member Municipal Council of Newark also took place. He says more cops on the street is a must but not a panacea. CORRECTION: This article has been edited to say that Baraka has received support from a labor union 501(c)4 group, not a union super PAC. Five Newark residents who initially filed to run in the 2018 city council election filed a lawsuit against the City of Newark Clerk's Office and city clerk Kenneth Louis, saying they were wrongfully prevented from appearing on the ballot. It is planned as a question and answer event and is open to the public. April 30, 2014, 5PM EST. PolitickerNJ has been all over the increasingly contentious Newark mayoral contest, which it describes as a “proxy for a potential gubernatorial race.” On Wednesday North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif dropped out, which leaves two candidates: South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. Today is National Voter Registration Day! House of Representatives13th District (Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda-San Leandro)*Barbara Lee-D, congressmemberNikka Piterman-R, teacher/software engineer 15th District (Hayward-Fremont-Tri Valley)Alison Hayden-R, special ed teacher*Eric Swalwell-D, congressmember 17th District (Fremont-San Jose-Cupertino)*Ro Khanna-D, congressmemberRitesh … "We just wanted to educate babies. On a cold, dreary midweek morning in Newark… Additional support for NJTV News is made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PSEG Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, the E.J. “But I’m never gonna be irresponsible to say if you elect me to be the mayor we’ll have a thousand cops on the street. … It’s just so messed up out here.”. Ultimately, one of the two men will have a bully pulpit to weigh in on how the city's schools are run -- the same one Cory Booker used to attract a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Newark Mayoral Candidates’ Forum INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING Clean Environment, Healthy Neighborhoods, Good Jobs JANUARY 2014 . ", The sharpest contrast in how the two Democrats envision the future may be in their views on Newark's public education system. Critics are up in arms, and Jeffries says Anderson has gone too far too fast. "HIs grandmother put him in schools around the city of Newark," Baraka says. Clip from an interview with community activist and organizer Derek Winans, in which he discusses the 1970 mayoral election in Newark. Police Director Sam DeMaio was unavailable to talk to us today but many expect that he will be leaving his post before the next election, which will mean another change of leadership and likely a new anti-violence plan. It doesn't work, it hasn't worked, so you have to do something in the schools to improve them.". ", "But if she can't do that," he adds, "then clearly we need a new superintendent. 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