Perez joins Minor team as at-large candidate

Educator Jean Perez will run for an-large council seat on Clifford Minor’s Newark’s Choice ticket, Minor announced this week in a Facebook message to friends and supporters. 

“I’m running for an at-large seat, yes,” Perez confirmed to PolitickerNJ.com Tuesday afternoon.

With the announcement last month that Juliana Blackburn-Maldonado would abandon her candidacy to focus on her law practice, Minor faced the prospect of formally launching his candidacy without a Latino on his ticket.

Although the challenger to Mayor Cory Booker declared his candidacy with his team at his side, he promised to find a Latino to replace Blackburn-Maldonado.

That turned out to be Perez, the second public school administrator on the Newark’s Choice team, along with Central Ward High School principal Ras Baraka.

Perez, David Blount, and Carol Graves are all seeking at-large seats as allies of Minor. The foursome are running against incumbent at-large councilpeople Luis Quintana, Mildred Crump, Donald Payne, Jr., and Carlos Gonzalez.

Sources say Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and former state Democratic Chairman Ray Durkin conducted a well-attended fundraiser for Payne tonight.

Perez joins Minor team as at-large candidate