The new president of the Newark City Council is LaMonica McIver. The two-term Central Ward councilwoman becomes the second woman to serve as council president since the post was created in 1954.
McIver 36, replaces Luis Quintana, the senior member of the city council. She was the unanimous choice of the council after a head count showed that she had the votes to secure the post.
An ally of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, McIver was elected in 2018 after Gayle Cheneyfield-Jenkins embarked on a disastrous bid for mayor. In a field of nine candidates, she led Shawn McCray by a 41%-17% margin in the May non-partisan municipal election. She beat McCray by 362 votes, 56%-43%, in the June runoff.
In a rematch this year, McIver defeated McCray by 1,005 votes, 65%-36%, to win a second term.
McIver became council vice president last year after Quintana succeeded Mildred Crump, who resigned for health reasons.
Some Demcorats have said McIver could emerge as a candidate for mayor in 2026.