‘I believe in Newark:’ Baraka makes formal announcement of mayoral run

In his annual State of the South Ward address tonight, Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka formally entered the 2014 race for mayor.

Baraka unveiled “I believe in Newark” as the official slogan of his campaign.

A source told PolitickerNJ.com that North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos will likely formally get in the race after the school board elections.

A third probable canddiate, former Attorney General Assistant Counsel Shavar Jeffries, has not yet formally announced his candidacy.

The men are vying for the City Hall command chair currently occupied by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

"This meeting is entirely off the record. Until somebody leaks it."
—Michael Kempner, addressing a roomful of Democratic powerbrokers organizng for Hillary Clinton