Add Ramos to short list of Rice challengers

Newark Democrats say that newly-elected North Ward City Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. is a possible candidate for State Senate in the 28th district in 2007. Mayor Cory Booker is expected to back a challenger to Ronald Rice, who has held the seat since the death of John Caufield in 1986; Rice won just a quarter of the vote against Booker in his run for Mayor last spring. With the strong support of Newark Democratic leader Stephen Adubato, Sr., Ramos easily defeated incumbent Hector Corchado in the race for City Council. Newark Councilman-At-Large Luis Quintana remains a possible candidate for the State Senate in the 29th district, where Booker — and an increasingly large number of Essex County Democrats — seem interested in ousting the incumbent, former Mayor Sharpe James. But one insider says it would be highly unlikeky for Democrats to replace Newark’s two African American Senators with two Latinos — strongly suggesting that there is little chance for Ramos and Quintana to both go to the Senate next year. Only one Latino has ever served in the New Jersey Senate: Robert Menendez, who represented Hudson County from 1991 (following the death of Christopher Jackman) until his election to Congress in 1992.

Add Ramos to short list of Rice challengers