2018 Newark mayoral election

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Newark mayoral election, 2018
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Candidate Ras J. Baraka Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 21,490 6,314
Percentage 77.05% 22.64%

Mayor before election

Ras J. Baraka

Elected Mayor

Ras J. Baraka

The 2018 election for Mayor of Newark took place in Newark, the most populous city in New Jersey, USA, on May 8, 2018. Elections for all seats on the nine member Municipal Council of Newark was held the same day. A runoff election, if necessary, would have taken place on June 5, 2018. Elections are non-partisan and candidates are not listed by political party. Incumbent Mayor Ras J. Baraka avoided a runoff after winning a second term with more than 77 percent of the votes.[1]


The deadline for candidates to file for election is March 5, 2018, at which time each potential candidate must submit a petition signed by at least 1413 voters.[2] As of Monday January 8, 2018 six people had requested petitions necessary to mount a mayoral campaign:[3]

  • Abdush Shahid Ahmad
  • Ras J. Baraka, incumbent Mayor[4]
  • Darnella A. Lee
  • Sheila A. Montague

By election day, however, Newark councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, who had entered the race on January 9, 2018,[5] was Mayor Baraka's only challenger.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.tapinto.net/towns/newark/articles/baraka-wins-reelection-in-newark-mayoral-race-in
  2. ^ "News: 2018 Municipal Election Information". www.newarknj.gov. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ "This fight between politicians could be N.J.'s nastiest of 2018". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/06/newark_mayor_ras_baraka_announces_bid_for_second_4.html
  5. ^ https://www.tapinto.net/towns/plainfield/articles/chaneyfield-jenkins-launches-bid-to-unseat-newark-1
  6. ^ http://abc7ny.com/politics/voters-head-to-polls-tuesday-in-election-for-mayor-of-newark/3440307/

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