Newark Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka still stands behind the two members of his council slate who face runoff elections in June, according to his mayoral campaign spokeswoman.
“Mayor-Elect Baraka is firmly behind Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins in the Central Ward and Joe McCallum in the West Ward,” said Baraka spokeswoman Tai Cooper. “He firmly believes that they are the best people to help him move Newark forward.”
McCallum will face off against independent candidate Patricia Bradford in the West Ward, while Chaneyfield Jenkins will take on incumbent Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif, an independent.
The Newark council runoff elections will be held on June 10. Council members will be sworn in for a four-year term on July 1, along with the mayor.