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- NJ.com: Newark councilman delivers fiery speech on state of city's troubled South Ward
But some of the city’s leading black politicians are making moves now to unite early behind one candidate, staving off a potentially divisive contest and attempting to limit the chances of the first Hispanic mayor in city history.
According to political leaders, that candidate is Ras Baraka, the outspoken South Ward councilman who upset the Booker administration in 2010 by ousting Booker’s hand-picked councilman, Oscar James Jr.
Since then, Baraka has been one of the most ardent and eloquent Booker foes in a city divided over the legacy of their famous mayor.