Council President Luis Quintana to become Newark's interim mayor

Council President Luis Quintana will become Newark's interim mayor. (10/17/13)

NEWARK - Great change is expected in Newark after its current mayor was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Once Cory Booker is officially certified, which could happen by Nov. 5, Council President Luis Quintana will become Newark's interim mayor.

From that point, Newark City Council has 30 days to select a new mayor. A candidate will need five votes to take the seat. If no one gets five votes, the council will call a special election to fill the seat.

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Local Union President Rahman Muhammad says another election could bring more division to Newark's political stage.

If Quintana is elected, he would become Newark's first Latino mayor. Booker will be New Jersey's first African-American U.S. senator.

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