Sixteen Newark-area clergy members have announced their endorsement of Shavar Jeffries in the Newark mayoral race.
In a written statement issued Monday, Jeffries’ campaign put forth a list of clergy who support Jeffries, a former state Assistant Attorney General, in his head-to-head battle against South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.
Local clergy members behind Jeffries include the Rev. Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church in Newark, the Rev. Ron Christian, pastor of Irvington’s Christian Love Baptist Church and Imam Mustafa El-Amin of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark.
“Spiritually, there is a reason for Shavar to run,” said Slaughter in a written statement. “He certainly has my support and that of many of my congregants.”
“The support of these faith leaders is truly humbling,” said Jeffries in a written statement. “I know that we cannot do this alone. It will take all segments of our community to get our team to City Hall. Fortunately, I have learned that there is absolutely nothing that we can’t do together led by faith.”
The Newark municipal election will be held on May 13.