Four throw their hats into Newark mayoral race

 City of Newark (photo courtesy of City of Newark)

City of Newark (photo courtesy of City of Newark)

Just two days after Newark Mayor Vance Funk served his last day in office, several candidates have already lined up for the job.

Newark City Sec. Renee Bensley said four residents have turned in their paperwork and were declared eligible for the ballot.

Don DelCollo, Matthew Vento, Robyn Harland and Polly Sierer were the first to be verified by the city.

In order to run for Newark mayor, candidates must be a resident of Newark for at least one year, be a register voter in the city and submit the signatures and addresses of 10 qualified Newark voters.

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Bensley added that several other petitions are still out.

Petitions are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 28th. A special election is set for Nov. 26th.

Deputy Mayor Jerry Clifton is serving as interim mayor. Funk put in a letter of resignation in August citing health concerns as his reason for stepping down after nine years on the job.

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