Newark mayor’s race: Jeffries votes with family by his side

NEWARK – Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries voted early Tuesday morning, Election Day in the state’s largest city. 

Jeffries, 39, came to vote at the Nellie Grier Senior Center on Maple Avenue in the South Ward with wife Tenagne, son Kaleb, 9, and daughter Naomi, 7. 

Before he went out into the field to help drum up votes, Jeffries reflected upon a key issue in the highly contentious battle he has waged against rival mayoral candidate Ras Baraka. 

“I feel good about today. Public safety should be a basic civil right. It’s a necessity for thriving local businesses, for successful neighborhoods, and for the very sense of peace we should expect,” Jeffries, a former state Assistant Attorney General, said. “We’ve been knocking on doors for over 20 months. This race is about reclaiming our neighborhoods for our children and seniors.” 

Newark mayor’s race: Jeffries votes with family by his side