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Ras J. Baraka was sworn in as the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark in July of 2014.
His progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House. He was listed in The Nation’s 2015 “Most Valuable Progressives” as “Most Valuable Mayor”, Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” and on the front page of the New York Times for “defying expectations” during his first year-and-half in office.