Baraka Cruises to Victory
Incumbent Newark Mayor Ras Baraka easily won reelection tonight to a third term, defeating rival Sheila Montague.
A win for Baraka was never in doubt.
First elected to the mayoralty in 2014, Baraka won all five wards in 2018 when he ran for a second term, an achievement he repeated this time.
There is considerable speculation, on the strength of his record, about a 2025 Baraka run for governor.
But still in question on Tuesday night was whether the mayor would again be in a position to have the upper hand on the city council.
The West Ward was heading for a runoff election between Dupre “DoItAll” Kelly (Baraka’s choice) and attorney Chigozie Onyema.
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