Former Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins tonight defeated Darrin Sharif in Newark’s Central Ward, and Joseph MacCallum beat Patricia Bradford in the West Ward.
The victories represent two wins for Mayor-elect Ras Baraka, who needed both to achieve a majority on the council.
Now Baraka has five strong alliances on the nine-member council.
MacCallum beat Bradford 68-32%.
Chaneyfield-Jenkins won 62.33% (2,265) of the vote to Sharif’s 37.45% (1.361), according to Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin.