TRENTON - Prospective 2014 candidates for mayor of Newark participated in two screenings before elder African American political leaders in as many days starting this weekend, according to a source close to Newark politics.
On Saturday, Schools Advisory Board member Shavar Jeffries, West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka presented themselves to an informal board of elders that included former Mayor Sharpe James, state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28), and former Councilman Donald Bradley.
Last night, Baraka and Rice participated in a second presentation before a similar established group.
The source told PolitickerNJ.com that Rice and Baraka plan to come to an agreement about which of the two of them will run, presumably with the support of the other.
Stung in his anti-establishment June Democratic Primary bid for a 10th Congressional District seat, Rice wants a crack at the seat currently occupied by Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The always visible North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos is also said to be considering a run for mayor.
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“It’s not the first time, it’s not the last time, that a nominee with an issue is going to come up. But you can’t just say, therefore no one else goes forth. That nominee has nothing to do with these nominees, and the governor made a substitution for him anyway.” - state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28)- PolitickerNJ
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