Joe McCallum, the disgraced former West Ward councilman bounced out of his seat after getting jammed up on corruption charges, said he backs Dupre “DoItAll” Kelly to be his replacement.
Kelly is Mayor Ras Baraka’s candidate in the West Ward, one of the city’s most closely watched contests.
On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) announced his support for Kelly, and McCallum followed up with a Facebook endorsement of his own.
From the former councilman:
“On Saturday Congressman Payne Jr. said it loud and clear.
“‘We rather have a Doitall than a know it all.’
“Doitall Du Kelly
has a formal education, has traveled the world as an artist, has sold millions of records, but above all of that, he has the love, compassion, and understanding that the West Ward needs. It’s not only about legislation. Dupré Kelly knows that some residents need food to eat, beds to sleep on, or computers so that they can further their education. His compassion combined with the ability to legislate, will continue to make the West Ward a better place to live.
“Who are we as a community, if we send our youth out into the world to learn, and when they return we don’t give them a chance to lead.
“Dupré “Doitall” Kelly is a son of the West Ward and one of the brightest jewels the City of Newark has ever produced.
“So now that we’ve believed in the City of Newark, and have prayed diligently for our children to be able to do great things, your prayers have been answered. One of our children has stepped up. Now it’s time to go out on May 10th and provide him the opportunity.”
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