Ras J. Baraka

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Ras Baraka
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Mayor of Newark
In office
July 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
June 30, 2018
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 13, 2014
First electedMay 13, 2014
Next generalMay 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Newark City Council, South Ward
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014
Bachelor'sHoward University
Master'sSt. Peters University
Date of birthApril 9, 1970
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
Office website
Ras J. Baraka (b. April 9, 1970) is the current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He was first elected in 2014.

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.[1]

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



See also: Newark, New Jersey mayoral election, 2014

Elections for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey took place on May 12, 2014. Incumbent Luis Quintana did not seek re-election. Ras J. Baraka defeated Shavar D. Jeffries in the general election.[2][3]

Newark Mayoral General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRas J. Baraka 54.1% 24,358
Shavar D. Jeffries 45.7% 20,593
Write-in 0.2% 106
Total Votes 45,057
Source: Essex County Clerk's Office - 2014 Election Results

Children First Team

See also: Baraka-backed "Children First Team" dominates Newark's school election

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Quintana
Mayor of Newark
November 2014-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Newark City Council, South Ward
Succeeded by
John S. James