Mayor Cory Booker, Newark, USA

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Cory Booker
Mayor of Newark (USA)

The winner and runner-ups of World Mayor 2012 will be chosen based on the number of nominations in relation to the size of their cities and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of testimonials received during this year's World Mayor Project. Below we publish a selection of comments received to date about WM nominee Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, USA.

Comment: Winston Churchill said something to the likeness that you can judge a society based on the civility of it's police force. Mayor Cory Booker initiated a program for inmates to be supported by the justice system after they are released from prison, getting training, jobs but most of all support. This mayor along with concerted efforts of Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, raised $100,000,000 for children in the public schools of Newark. This Mayor gets up every morning and puts out inspiring quotes to his followers to keep everyone on the same page. There is more, but he is special, it's obvious. (By Penny L, USA)

Comment: Cory Booker is an amazing mayor. He is always in contact with his constituents and always works toward making the city a better place. (By Carol F, USA)

Comment: Mayor Cory Booker is one of a very small handful who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk of good government and civic service. He personally leads his city toward higher ideals; taking on crime and drugs, educational reform, poverty, and economic development. When an elderly constituent needed his driveway shoveled in the winter, Booker did not delegate it; he went to the man's house and shoveled. When a woman was in danger in a burning home, he personally went in to get her to safety, suffering injury himself. And when slum projects were being poorly managed, he personally moved in and led the tenants to fight for better living accomodations. (By Anthony G, USA)

Comment: I'm not a citizen of Newark, but Corey Booker's commitment to the city of Newark appears to go beyond a grassroots level from what I've heard in the news. I am also amazed at the obstacles he had to overcome in becoming the mayor years ago. He seems like a dedicated servant to the city and has personally shown that he cares about the people who live there. I only wish that my city had a mayor with his vision, drive and commitment. (By Cynthia P, USA)

Comment: Cory Booker is one of the most inspirational people it has ever been my privilege to come into contact with His speech at Stanford graduation was phenomenal and he is a great role model for young people today. (By Joy W, USA)

Comment: I live in Detroit and I have always wished we could have a people centric, intelligent mayor like C.Booker. I am impressed the way he has used limited resources to reduce crime in his city like directing police to specific high crime areas instead of covering the entire city--and it has worked. He actually lives in a low income area with the citizens--not to mention his "antics" of occasionally rescuing people while exposing himself to injury. (By Carolyn P, USA)

Comment: Cory Booker should win the 2012 World Mayor Prize because he rescued a woman from a burning building. For real, he ran into a burning building to rescue a woman he did not knowin April 2012. Would you do that? What other mayor would do that? Ridiculous! If Cory Booker is not the 2012 World Mayor, it would be the worst mistake ever. (By Ideisha B, USA)

Comment: Corey Booker is an American hero. He was not born in Newark, but he has chosen to devote his life to the betterment of this very disadvantaged city. My father was born in Newark and I know that if he were alive today, he would be very grateful to this wonderful man. (By Maura A S, USA)

Comment: Unless any other candidate for World Mayor has suffered from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns while rescuing another human being from within a burning building (thus saving that person's LIFE!), I'd have to say that Mayor Cory Booker trumps all others by a MILE. He has personally shoveled out snowbound constituents, fights drug dealers, and has a consistent record of standing up for the powerless in his city. The world needs more superheroes like him. I also hope he runs for President in 2016. He'd get my vote, no contest! Do you all really need to THINK that hard about who has MORE than earned this title? (By Kristin, USA)

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The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank for local government, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: honesty, leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophy, while the two runner-ups are given the World Mayor Commendation.

Mayors wishing to be considered for the World Mayor Prize will be asked to sign up to the City Mayors' Code of Ethics

Nominations were accepted until the 17 May 2012. A shortlist of 25 nominees was published on 18 June. Voting took place until 20 October . The winner of the 2012 World Mayor Prize and other results of the World Mayor Project were announced on 8 January 2013.

Winners and runners-up
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In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana, Albania); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City, Mexico); In third place: Walter Veltroni (Rome, Italy)
In 2005: Winner: Dora Bakoyannis (Athens, Greece); Runner-up: Hazel McCallion (Mississauga, Canada); In third place: Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
In 2006: Winner: John So (Melbourne, Australia); Runner up: Job Cohen (Amsterdam, Netherland); In third place: Stephen Reed (Harrisburg, USA)
In 2008: Winner: Helen Zille (Cape Town, South Africa); Runner up: Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich, Switzerland); In third place: Leopoldo López (Chacao, Venezuela)
In 2010: Winner: Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico); Runner-up: Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City, USA); In third place: Domenico Lucano (Riace, Italy)
In 2012: Winner:
Iñaki Azkuna (Bilbao, Spain); Runner-up: Lisa Scaffidi (Perth, Australia); In third place: Joko Widodo (Surakarta, Indonesia)