Race to fill vacant Newark council seat heats up

Three candidates are vying to fill Newark's at-large city council seat in Tuesday's election. Nearly one year ago, chaos erupted in Newark council chambers when

Three candidates are vying to fill Newark's at-large city council seat in Tuesday's election.

Three candidates are vying to fill Newark's at-large city council seat in Tuesday's election. (10/31/13)

NEWARK - Three candidates are vying to fill Newark's at-large city council seat in Tuesday's election.

Nearly one year ago, chaos erupted in Newark council chambers when former Mayor Cory Booker tried to place his hand-selected candidate onto the council. A judge overturned the act, and the council seat has since remained empty. Now, a much more civil battle is shaping up in this year's council race.

The race features three candidates - John Sharpe James, the son of former Newark Mayo Sharpe James, Yvonne Garrett-Moore and  Lynda Lloyd.

James, seeking a council seat for the third time, is touting his hard-earned military career. "I started as a private and worked my way up," he says. "I wasn't given anything. I did not have any shortcuts in life."

Meanwhile, Garrett-Moore says harnessing Newark's resources is the key to job growth. "Everything is outsourced, outsourced, outsourced," she says. "We need to build up capacity within our city to sustain ourselves."

Lloyd thinks creating jobs rests on educating Newark's young workforce. At 28, she would be the youngest person on council.

The winner of the election will fill out the term of former Councilman Donald Payne Jr., who left last year to join the House of Representatives. The term expires in June 2014, which means another election will be held for the seat in May.
 

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