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Voters Elect Ras Baraka As Newark’s New Mayor

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday was Election Day in Newark, and while Ras Baraka came out victorious as the new mayor of New Jersey’s biggest city, volunteers on both sides were really good about getting people enthusiastic about both candidates throughout the entire campaign. However, that doesn’t mean anything if people don’t show up at the polls and place their vote.

To get some more insight into how volunteers rally residents behind their candidate, Luis Lazu with the Ras Baraka campaign discussed what action he took to help make his candidate a winner!

First, Lazu visited a local residential building in a Hispanic neighborhood and he rang the doorbell on every single door on every single floor and when someone opened the door the first questions he would ask them, in Spanish, were ‘are you a registered voter and did you vote today?’ If they hadn’t gotten out yet, he then offered for them hop in the Ras Baraka campaign van which would take them directly to the polling site for them to cast their vote.

“Anytime when you can speak to someone in their language, it’s a whole different atmosphere, it’s a whole different dynamic,” Lazu explained.

The race for Newark’s mayor wasn’t pretty; there were a lot of accusations and even vandalism that took place throughout the entire campaign even up until crunch time.

“We got reports that folks were going in the booth and threatening people that if they vote for me that seniors might lose their residence and that there’s intimidation and harassment around the polls yelling screaming at folks,” candidate Shavar Jeffries said.

In the end, only one man came out as Newark’s newest mayor, Ras Baraka.


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