Newark Council President Mildred Crump, who has served on the city council on and-off for the last 27 years, has resigned for health reasons.
The 82-year-old Newark political veteran, was replaced by her son, attorney Larry Crump, by the city council on Tuesday.
Luis Quintana has replaced Crump as the council president and Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, a rising star in city politics, is the new council vice president.
Crump was first elected to the city council in 1994, becoming the first Black woman to win a citywide election in Newark. She gave up her seat in 1998 to run for mayor, finishing third with 17% in a race against incumbent Sharpe James (56%) and State Sen. Ronald Rice (27%).
She was again elected to the council in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
She was the first woman to serve as council president.
Larry Crump will complete the remaining 10 1/2 months of his mother’s term.
The full nine-member city council is up for election.
The New Jersey Globe has learned that Larry Crump might wind up to be a caretaker, with Rev. Louise Scott-Routree, emerging as a possible candidate for the at-large seat.