Anibal Ramos Jr.

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Anibal Ramos Jr.
Council Member, City of Newark
Assumed office
Preceded byHector Corchado
Personal details
Born1975 (age 47–48)
Newark, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic

Anibal Ramos Jr. is a Democratic politician who has been a member of the Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey, representing the North Ward, since 2006[1] and briefly acted as Council President in 2013.


Born and raised in Newark, Ramos is a Puerto Rican American and grew up living in the Columbus Homes housing project in the Seventh Avenue-Broadway neighbourhood.[2] He studied urban history, political science, and nonprofit management at Rutgers University.[3] He has worked for Newark Public Schools.[4] and for Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment.,[5] as Director of the Division of Training and Employment.

2014 mayoral candidacy[edit]

On May 30, 2013 Ramos announced he would run in the May 13, 2014 Newark mayoral election.[6] Other candidates included Council Members Ras Baraka and Darrin S. Sharif and former Assistant State Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.[7][8][9][10]

Among supporters at the announcement were Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., North Ward power broker Steve Adubato Sr., State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Essex Freeholder Blonnie Watson, Rev. Ron Christian, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador.[6] Ramos has since received endorsements from building trades unions the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1158, which represents close to 1,700 workers based in Essex County.

Ramos supports the creation of alliances between the Newark Police Department and neighborhood community groups and civic organisations as strategy to counter gang-activity. He has proposed re-distribution of the city's police force.[11][12]

Both Ramos and Sharif dropped out of the race on February 12, 2014, with Ramos endorsing Jeffries,[13][14] and later joining his slate.[15]

See also[edit]

  • Mayors of Newark, New Jersey
  • Street Fight (film)
  • Brick City (TV series)


  1. Tuttle, Brad R. (2009), How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City, Rutgers University Press
  2. Augunstein, Seth (May 22, 2013). "Waterfront recreation facility in Newark seen as way to revamp troubled North Ward neighborhood". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-24. .
  3. "Anibal Ramos Jr". City of Newark. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  4. "Biography". Anibal Ramos Jr. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  5. "ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO CELEBRATES LATINO HERITAGE MONTH" (Press release). Essex County. November 2, 2006. Retrieved 2013-12-02. Anibal Ramos was elected to the Newark City Council as North Ward Councilman in July 2006, and became Director of the Essex County Department of Citizen Services and Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment in December 2003. He began his professional career in 1997 at FOCUS Hispanic Community Development, Inc., a not-for-profit community-based social service and employment training organization. Four years later, Ramos joined the Newark Public Schools as a Management Specialist for the Office of the Superintendent. He joined Joseph DiVincenzo’s administration in January 2003 as Deputy Director of Citizen Services and DEDTE and became Director in December 2003. As Director, Ramos manages one of the largest county human services and employment training programs in New Jersey. He serves on the United Way of Essex and West Hudson Board of Trustees, is Chairperson of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Board of Trustees and is a former two-term Chairperson of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board. Ramos is a lifelong resident of Newark.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Giambusso, David (May 30, 2013). "Newark councilman Anibal Ramos kicks off run for mayor". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  7. Giambusso, David (August 16, 2013). "Darrin Sharif announces run for mayor of Newark". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  8. Glover, Vivian (October 15, 2013). "Who will run Newark without Cory Booker?". The Grio. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  9. Queally, James (November 25, 2013). "Newark mayoral hopeful Anibal Ramos lands endorsements from 3 party chairs". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  10. Bonamo, Mark (December 3, 2013). "Ramos picks up third major union endorsement in Newark mayoral campaign". Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  11. Brandon, Brice (December 4, 2013). "Why political bosses could mean a Ramos victory for Newark". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  12. "The Ramos Public Safety Plan Safe Streets, Safe Neighborhoods Across Newark" (PDF). Anibal Ramos. October 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  14. Queally, James (February 12, 2014). "Newark mayoral race narrows to 2 as another candidate drops out". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  15. Giambusso, David (February 26, 2014). "Newark mayor's race: Jeffries rolls out council slate and senior plan". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-26.

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