Ras J. Baraka

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Ras Baraka
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Mayor of Newark
Incumbent
In office
July 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
June 30, 2018
Years in position 0
PartyNonpartisan
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
Education
Bachelor'sHoward University
Master'sSt. Peters University
Personal
BirthdayApril 9, 1970
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
Websites
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.

Biography

Baraka holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University and an M.A. in Education from St. Peters University.

Career

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

Elections

2014

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Quintana
Mayor of Newark
November 2014-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Newark City Council, South Ward
2010–2014
Succeeded by
John S. James