A Conversation with the Mayoral Candidiates

BY lyanne


Although Glocally rarely reports about political events.  This is a unique moment in Newark electoral campaign history to ignore.  There were two important election coverage pieces to report, a personal discussion with the candidate by Forward Ever, and  a National Public Radio (NPR) discussion with “The Brian Lehrer Show”.  We are heavily within the election cycle in Newark.  With just a few days remaining, we had an opportunity listen in to and cover both candidates positions and views  when it comes to small businesses, and economic development and opportunities.  The setting backdrop was small and intimate, at two locations within the downtown of Newark.  Ras Baraka, spoke at Center Stage Cuts, a barbershop, gallery and stage venue,



While Shavar Jeffries spoke at Artisan Collective, a cooperative boutique, that specialized in unique one of a kind clothing, wine tasting and arts and crafts.   


The election is on May 13th.

The event was sponsored by  Forward Ever, a not-for profit organization supporting small business entrepreneurs that develops partnerships with technical assistance, and broad-based business organizations to serve as the bridge that connects the local small business community with the invaluable resources they need in order to be sustainable and thrive in the Greater Newark area.  Their mission is to provide a support network for small, local independently-owned businesses that facilitates cooperative promotion and purchasing, rebuilds local supply chains and food systems, and leads to “Buy Local” initiatives, sustainable communities, and job creation, in the Greater Newark area.

With the impending mayoral race approaching in May (almost a week away), we feel it’s a great opportunity to engage the candidates in a constructive dialogue around small business issues, and determine their action plan as it relates to small business and their respective development, said Karen Brown Stovell, Executive Director, of Forward Ever.  As the moderator of the event, ed by, she presented a series of questions to both candidates, and then took questions from the floor.

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The National Public Radio discussion with Brian Lehrer was aired this morning (Friday). A discussion Sarah Gonzalez, reporter for New Jersey Public Radio and Clement Price, Professor of History at Rutgers University and City Historian of Newark talk about the issues in the race between Ras Baraka, a municipal councilman, and Shavar Jeffries, a professor at Seton Hall University.


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