Today, the council of the Essex County & Vicinity Building Trades announced the following endorsements in the upcoming May municipal election in the City of Newark. The endorsements included the organization’s support for East Ward candidate Mike Silva (pictured, above), who is running independent from Team Baraka. Also of note, the trades decided to stay out of the competitive West Ward contest, where Mayor Ras Baraka is backing rapper-community activist Dupre Kelly. Those were the only two places where the organization elected to refrain from supporting either Baraka or his allies in the May 10th contest.
Louise Scott Roundtree