Patrick Council, the powerful South Ward Democratic Municipal Chairman, has captured the open South Ward seat on the Newark City Council.
Council defeated Terrance Bankston, a former aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker in today’s runoff election. With 98% of the vote in, Council leads, 1,847 to 739, 71%-29%. He won vote-by-mail ballots, 480 to 168.
This is a pickup for Mayor Ras Baraka, whose slate Council ran on in the May 10 non-partisan municipal election. The incumbent, John Sharpe James, the son of former Mayor Sharpe James, did not seek re-election.
Council nearly scored a first-round victory with 45.65% of the vote, less than 200 votes off winning the seat without runoff.
He received 1,941 votes (45.7%) in a six-candidate field in May, 1,180 votes ahead of Bankston (761) in a 45.7% to 17.9% race. Bankston outpaced Trenton Jones by 82 votes to make it into the runoff.
Bankston spent seven years on Booker’s City Hall staff.