Newark Mayor Ras Baraka elected president of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/7/2021, midnight
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was installed as president and chair of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA).
Ras Baraka

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was installed as president and chair of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA).

The association is dedicated to working with state and federal lawmakers and officials to develop appropriate and effective public policy measures that benefit the state’s urban centers and to help lawmakers understand how public policy affects New Jersey’s cities and municipalities.

Currently in his second term, Baraka is incessantly working to continue Newark’s progress, while leading the community through the fight against COVID-19 and keeping the residents first.

He is the fifth mayor to serve as president of the NJUMA since its inception.

“We must ensure that our collective transition from COVID-19 leads to a positive transformation that is laser-focused on unraveling systemic injustice for the residents of our urban centers,” Baraka said. “I am truly honored to work with my colleagues across the state to advance our cities in such a time as this. The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association is developing a solid plan and strong agenda that includes addressing key issues that will move our cities forward.”

Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton, former NJUMA president and chair, said he is confident in Baraka’s leadership as the new president of NJUMA and looks forward to working closely with him to advance the needs of urban communities.

“As President Emeritus of the NJUMA, I am excited to continue to work with our urban mayors to address issues facing our municipalities,” Kelly said. “It has been a pleasure to pass the leadership reins to Mayor Baraka as the new president of the NJUMA.”