Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins

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Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins
Central Ward Council Member
Newark Municipal Council
Assumed office
July 1, 2014
Preceded byDarrin Sharif
Council Member-at-Large
Newark Municipal Council
In office
Personal details
BornMarch 21, 1957
Newark, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceNewark, New Jersey

Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins (born 1957) is Councilwoman for the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey and a candidate in the 2018 Newark mayoral election. She previously served as an at-large member of the Municipal Council of Newark from 1995 to 2006. In 2014, she was elected to her current position in a run-off election, prevailing over incumbent Darrin Sharif.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Chaneyfield Jenkins was born in Newark and raised by her parents who had moved from South Carolina in the 1940s. She lived in the Hayes Homes and Bradley Court projects[2] and went to Queen of Angels Grammar School and Sister Clara Muhammad High School. She attended Bloomfield College, majoring in Business Administration, and enrolled in the Intensive Chef Program at the New York Restaurant School.[3]


Chaneyfield Jenkins served on the Municipal Council as Council Member-at-Large from 1995 to 2006, during the mayorality of Sharpe James.[4][5] Chaneyfield Jenkins, along with late Councilman Donald Tucker, were enstooled as ‘Nana’ in Newark 's sister city Kumasi in South Ghana. ‘Nana’ is a term signifying royalty in the West African nation.[6][7] She lost her re-election bid and was left with campaign debt.[8][9]

In 2014 she ran on the slate of Ras J. Baraka, a candidate in the 2014 Newark mayoral election, for the city's Central Ward.[10] and faced incumbent Darrin Sharif in a run-off.[11][12] Preliminary results released the night of the run-off election on June 10, 2014 showed that Chaneyfield-Jenkins won the seat. She was sworn in on July 1, 2014.[13]

She is a candidate in the 2018 Newark mayoral election.[1]

In March 2018 she spearheaded a city ordinance againist sexual harassment, which passed the council.[14]

Jericho LLC[edit]

She was founder of Women with Hats for the Cure, an unregistered cancer charity.[15]

See also[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hill, Alexandra. "Chaneyfield-Jenkins Officially Launches Bid To Become Newark's First Female Mayor". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. Isoke, Zenzele (2012), Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9780230339033
  3. "Newark Member Directory: Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. "Just Don't Talk to Her About the Mayor". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. Jones, Richard G (April 2, 2008). "Defense Takes Its Turn in Former Mayor's Trial". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. Giambusso, David (November 7, 2013). "Comptroller's report: Newark councilwoman potentially violated ethics laws". The Star-Ledger.
  7. "For Newark Council Members, African Trip Draws Criticism". The New York Times. 2 May 1999. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. "Newark council candidate owes more than $100,000 in unpaid taxes, plus $24,000 from 2006 campaign". 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  9. "Opinion: Maybe experience in Newark City Hall should be disqualifyingBrick City Live". Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  10. "Team Baraka". Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  11. Nix, Naomi (May 13, 2014). "Newark election 2014: Run-off races to be held in Central and West wards". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. "In city council runoff, Newark political balance in limbo". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  13. Nix, Naomi (June 10, 2014). "Chaneyfield-Jenkins, McCallum lead Newark council runoff election". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  15. "Cancer of Anti-Semitism in North Jersey". Philadelphia Jewish Voice. August 2005. Retrieved 2014-05-25.

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