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Patrick Council wins Newark South Ward city council seat

Baraka ally takes seat after runoff win

By David Wildstein, June 14 2022 8:45 pm

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.

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