Newark mayoral candidate Councilman Ras Baraka continues to stuggle on the fundraising front but flexed his grassroots muscles on Sunday as he led a group of 300 Newark residents in the 47th Annual African American Heritage Day Parade.
To date, Baraka has raised just over $12,000 toward his 2014 mayoral campaign, and has just over $5,000 in the bank, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Allies of his rivals, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and former AG Counsel Shavar Jeffries, argue that the south ward councilman will have difficulty penetrating citywide without evidence of being able to raise money.
But Baraka maintains that his strength in the coming months will continue to be the same grassroots operations that secured him his council seat in 2014.
At the weekend parade, participants wore T-shirts that read “Ras Baraka” on the front and “Believe in Newark” on the back. There were also a number of signs that read “I’m A Believer.”
A source with the Baraka campaign said the candidate’s fundraising has shown more life since the campaign made ELEC’s last filing deadline in the middle of April.