Darrin Sharif

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Darrin S. Sharif
Council Member, City of Newark
In office
Preceded byCharles Bell
Succeeded byGayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins
Personal details
Born1961 (age 60–61)
Newark, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceNewark, New Jersey

Darrin S. Sharif is a Democratic politician who was a member of the Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey, representing the Central Ward, which includes much of downtown from 2010-2014.


Sharif was born in 1961 in Newark Beth Israel Hospital[1] and is son of Carl Sharif, (deceased September 30, 2015) a power broker who former mayor Cory Booker called his "political sensei.[2] He attended Rutgers-Newark, majoring in business management and finance, graduating magna cum laude.[1] Prior to election he worked for Newark Public Schools and the Urban League of Essex County.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

In 2010, Sharif upset the party establishment when he defeated incumbent former Councilman Charles Bell in a runoff. The victory was viewed as an upset to the ward's party structure which is influenced by power broker Stephen Adubato, Sr. and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr..[4]

In August 2013, he announced his candidacy for the 2014 Newark mayoral election joining the field with fellow council members Ras Baraka and Anibal Ramos, Jr. and former Assistant State Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.[5][6] Both Sharif and Ramos dropped out of the race on February 12, 2014.[7][8]

Sharif ran instead as incumbent for the Central Ward seat.[9][10][11] Preliminary results released the night of the run-off election June 10, 2014 showed that his opponent Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins won the seat.[12]

See also[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Darrin Sharif". Brick City Development Corporation. Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  2. Whitlow, Jane (May 14, 2010). "After re-election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker's fortunes are looking up". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  3. "Darrin S. Sharif". City of Newark. Archived from the original on 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  4. Giambusso, David (December 30, 2012). "Newark party chairman threatens recall of Councilman Darrin Sharif". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  5. Giambusso, David (August 16, 2013). "Darrin Sharif announces run for mayor of Newark". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-11-26. Much of the economic development in Newark and a large stake of its business community operates in Sharif's ward, but its residential neighborhoods are among the most troubled.
  6. Glover, Vivian (October 15, 2013). "Who will run Newark without Cory Booker?". The Grio. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  7. Queally, James (February 12, 2014). "Newark mayoral race narrows to 2 as another candidate drops out". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  8. http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/05/newark_election_2014_candidates_compete_for_council_seats.html
  9. Trosk (April 22, 2014). "Newark Election Preview - Central Ward Councilman". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  10. Naomi Newark election 2014: Run-off races to be held in Central and West wards The Star-Ledger (May 13, 2014)
  11. http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/06/in_city_council_runoff_newark_political_balance_in_limbo.html
  12. Nix, Naomi (June 10, 2014). "Chaneyfield-Jenkins, McCallum lead Newark council runoff election". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-06-11.

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