Like Sharpe James and Cory Booker before him, Ras Baraka became the third straight former city councilman turned mayor in 2014. And like the mayors who preceded him, he knows how to fire up a crowd.
“We need a mayor who unapologetically loves this city and the people in it. And most importantly, we need a mayor that believes in you and knows no fear. I am thankful to god that today you have chosen me to be this mayor,” Baraka said during his inauguration speech in 2014.