Ras J. Baraka
|Mayor of Newark|
|July 1, 2014 - Present|
|June 30, 2018|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 13, 2014|
|First elected||May 13, 2014|
|Next general||May 2018|
|Newark City Council, South Ward|
|July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014|
|Master's||St. Peters University|
|Date of birth||April 9, 1970|
|Place of birth||Newark, New Jersey|
Before becoming mayor, Baraka was a member of the Newark City Council, representing the South Ward from 2010-2014. Before that, he was an-large council member from 2002-2005, during which time he also served as Deputy Mayor of Newark under former Newark Mayor Sharp James. In 2005, he was appointed to serve the remainder of former Council member Donald Tucker, who passed away earlier that year. Baraka held the seat until 2006.
He first ran for the office of Mayor in 1994.
Baraka holds a B.A. in political science from Howard University and an M.A. in Education from St. Peters University.
Below is a brief outline of Baraka's political career.
- 2014-Present: Mayor of Newark
- 2010-2014: Newark City Council, South Ward
- 2005-2006: New City Council, At-large
- 2002-2005: New City Council, At-large
- Deputy Mayor of Newark
|Newark Mayoral General Election, 2014|
|Ras J. Baraka||54.1%||24,358|
|Shavar D. Jeffries||45.7%||20,593|
|Source: Essex County Clerk's Office - 2014 Election Results|
Children First Team
Beginning in 2011, Baraka organized a slate of candidates in the elections for Newark Public Schools Advisory Board. Since then, the Children First Team (CFT) has accumulated an eight-member majority on the nine-member advisory board. Baraka has supported three candidates in each election since, and CFT candidates have won at least two seats in all of them.
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- Newark, New Jersey
- Newark, New Jersey mayoral election, 2014
- United States municipal elections, 2014
|Mayor of Newark
| Succeeded by|
|Newark City Council, South Ward
| Succeeded by|
John S. James
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