Essex County Democrats have picked former Newark deputy mayor Alturrick Kenney as their candidate for Surrogate to replace Ted Stephens, who resigned earlier this month to become the new Essex County Prosecutor.
Kenney,40, will face Republican John Anello, a 31-year-old attorney and former Belleville planning board member in the general election.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was the one who advanced Kenney’s candidacy, according to sources familiar with the selection process.
After serving in Sharpe James administration, Kenney worked as director of the CWA Local 1039 political action fund. He ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on the Newark City Council in 2014, and later joined the Baraka as the manager of port activities for the city of Newark.
Democrats have not lost a race for Surrogate since 1986, when Newark City Council President Earl Harris switched parties and ran on a ticket with Nicholas Amato, a three-term Democratic surrogate who also joined the GOP and unseated incumbent Peter Shapiro.