Settling urban contests where the top two vote-getters failed to get 50% plus one in May 11th non-partisan elections, Newark and Trenton will hold runoff elections today.
In Trenton, former Mercer County Freeholder Tony Mack is the favorite against At-Large Councilman Manuel Segura.
Mack was the first place finisher on May 11th with 2,357 votes. Segura received 1,862 votes. Since then, Mack amassed the endorsements of retiring Mayor Doug Palmer, third place finisher Eric Jackson, and many others.
Both candidates oppose the sale of portions of the city’s waterworks, a proposed $80 million revenue generator championed by Palmer, which is also on today’s ballot.
The Newark election pits Central Ward Councilman Charles Bell against challenger Darrin Sharif.
Last month, Bell received 2,974 votes to Sharif’s 1,577 in a seven-person race.
Bell continues to enjoy organizational advantages, including the backing of Mayor Cory Booker, North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato, and the Central Ward Democratic Committee. But Sharif has run aggressively under the cover of surgical and brutal air strikes designed by his father, South Ward political operative Carl Sharif. The challenger also absorbed the endorsement of the fourth place finisher from May 11th, former city constituent services director Richard Whitten.