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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Photo: (Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Baraka begins 3rd term today as Newark awaits council president election results

Murphy will speak at Baraka inauguration

By David Wildstein, July 01 2022 9:57 am

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka will take office for his third term as mayor of Newark at noon after winning re-election in the May non-partisan municipal election with 83% of the vote in a light-turnout contest.

The 52 year-old Baraka is considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2025.

Gov. Phil Murphy will speak at Baraka’s inaugural celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

All nine city council members will also take office, including four newly-elected city council members: Louise Scott-Rountree (At-Large). Michael Silva (East Ward), Patrick Council (South Ward), and Dupré  “DoItAll” Kelly (West Ward).   Larry Crump will take the oath for his first full-term; he had been appointed last year after his mother, veteran councilwoman Mildred Crump, resigned for health reasons.

Also taking their oaths will be four incumbents who re-election: at-large councilmen Luis Quintana and Carlos Gonzalez, along with Anibal Ramos, Jr. (North Ward), and LaMonica McIver (Central Ward).

Quintana begins his eighth term on the Newark City Council at noon.  On October 18, 2025, Quintana will set the record as the longest-serving city councilman in Newark history.  He would break the record of 31 years and 92 days currently held by Donald Tucker.   Tucker was elected in 1974 and was serving on the city council and in the New Jersey State Assembly at the time of his death in 2005.

The only real drama today will be the electon of City Council President.

Quintana has held that post since Crump stepped down last year.  He had previously been council president in 2013, allowing him to serve as acting mayor for eight months when Cory Booker resigned to become a U.S Senator.

But the favorite to become the new council president is McIver, a rising star and a close ally of Mayor Ras Baraka.

If Baraka is elected governor, the city council president would serve as acting mayor until the next election on July 1, 2026.

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