The New Jersey Globe projects that four at-large candidates for Newark City Council – incumbents Carlos Gonzalez, Luis Quintana, and Larry Crump and newcomer Louise Scott-Rountree – have been elected unopposed. All four ran on the slate of Mayor Ras Baraka.
Gonzalez and Quintana are both old hands in Newark politics. Gonzalez has been on the council since 2006, while Quintana has served since 1994, with a brief interim stint as mayor in 2013 and 2014 after Cory Booker resigned to take office as a U.S. Senator.
Crump is far newer to the council, arriving late last summer after his mother, Councilwoman Mildred Crump, resigned and the city council chose not to hold a special election for her seat. Scott-Rountree is a longtime municipal employee who currently leads the city’s Office of Clergy Affairs; she’ll take the seat of Councilman Eddie Osbourne, who didn’t run for re-election.
A large number of other candidates initially filed for the four at-large seats, among them former Mayor Sharpe James, a controversial and colorful figure in local politics. But none of those candidates ended up making it to the ballot, with James specifically being rejected because of his past criminal conviction on charges of fraud.
Also winning re-election unopposed was another member of Baraka’s slate, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos. Baraka’s choices for the city’s four other wards – Louis Weber in the East Ward, Pat Council in the South Ward, Dupré Kelly in the West Ward, and Councilwoman LaMonica McIver in the Central Ward – all drew opponents, as did the mayor himself.