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Voting Underway for Next Newark Mayor

Shavar Jeffries and Ras Baraka Cast Their Ballots

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Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries walks out of a voting booth on Tuesday. AP

Voters today are picking a permanent replacement for Cory Booker, the mayor who elevated Newark and his own brand though the city still faces steep challenges on the issues of crime, education and municipal finances.

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Shavar Jeffries for Newark mayor: Editorial

Shavar_Jeffries_Star_Ledger_Endorsment2.jpgRas Baraka, son of the late poet Amiri Baraka, is known as a radical, preaching on the street corner about revolution. But in truth, he represents the status quo in Newark, which for decades has been unable to shake itself loose from a failing school system and epidemic of violent crime.

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Newark mayor's race: Jeffries courts small business owners, promotes abatements

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries spoke on Friday about how to support the city's small businesses four days before the May 13 municipal election.

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Newark Mayoral Race Seen as Referendum on Booker

09NEWARK2-articleLarge.jpgNEWARK — One is a municipal councilman and high school principal, son of a celebrated and controversial black poet, who negotiated a truce among this city’s gangs and urged them to fight a white conspiracy and “seize power, block by block, city by city, place by place.”

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Voters Focused On Curbing Crime As Newark Mayoral Election Looms

NEWARK, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Newark is getting ready to pick its path in the post-Cory Booker era.

On May 13, voters will head to the polls for the first time since their mayor moved on the U.S. Senate, and as the election looms a battle is brewing between the two main candidates.

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Another street fight in Newark

The all-out street brawl for mayor of Newark, which concludes with next Tuesday’s election, is over more than control of a proud, troubled city. It’s also the latest round of a long-running national clash between old and new generations of black political leaders.

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Jeffries gets celeb backing in Newark mayor race

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Shavar (shah-VAHR') Jeffries has snagged a celebrity endorsement in his bid to become Newark's next mayor.

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Newark mayor's race: With political spotlight focused on Newark, Hollywood star Eva Longoria endorses Jeffries

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NEWARK - On a day when a new poll indicated a tightening Newark mayoral race, the intensifying contest between South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries got an added spotlight when actor Eva Longoria came to Newark's Ironbound neighborhood to endorse Jeffries.

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Newark’s Explosive Mayor’s Race (The Daily Beast)

Voters in Newark, the largest city in New Jersey, will vote for a new mayor next Tuesday to replace Cory Booker, who rode a wave of national attention into the Senate last fall. The election comes at a moment when Newark, long one of America’s most dangerous and depressed cities, is experiencing a nascent revival. The stakes are high and the candidates offer a stark choice: Ras Baraka, a radical councilman from Newark’s South Ward is up against Shavar Jeffries, a former Assistant State Attorney General and reformer. Baraka has enjoyed a significant lead but the race is tightening and an explosive video posted to a mysterious website this weekend could shake things up in the campaign’s final week.

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Shavar Jeffries: A Vision for Newark (Huffington Post)

"I want to help Newark, because Newark has been good to me," said Shavar Jeffries, who after being born in Newark moved to Los Angeles at the age of nine to live with his mother, who was then tragically murdered by an abusive boyfriend. Only ten years old, Jeffries moved back to Newark, where he was raised by his grandparents. Under their care, Jeffries went on to Duke University and Columbia Law School, as a scholarship student. Today Jeffries lives in Newark with his wife and two children, and is a Democratic candidate for Mayor of that city.

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