Oliver “Bucky” Leggett



The first African American to be elected to Trenton City Council, Oliver “Bucky” Leggett, 70, has experience as the Assistant to the Mayor for Trenton, the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia, the Executive Director of the Trenton Housing Authority, and a member of Construction and General Labor Local 369. He has been elected to Trenton City Council three times.

He has also served as the Dean of Urban Affairs at Mercer County Community College, the Director of the Trenton Center at Mercer County Community College, the Director of the Para-Professional Training Program Grant, the Assistant to the President for the NJ Civil Service, Director of Division of Human Resources for the NJ Dept. of Community Affairs, the Director of the Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

In Philadelphia, he was Area Manager (Director) of the Philadelphia Office of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is the acting Regional Administrator of the New York Region of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.


  • Education: Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, B.A Economics
  • Awarded Full Scholarship and Graduate Stipend at Rutgers University Law Center
  • Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Honors: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Two Years Study Concentrating in Urban Affairs and Domestic Policy
  • Board of Commissioners – Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • Board of Directors – Trenton Council on Human Rights
  • State Health Planning Council
  • Member – Board of School Estimates
  • Chairman – Minority Business Enterprise Council


  • Strictly enforce residency laws
  • Establish term limits for mayor
  • Stop the outsourcing of city jobs
  • Expand public library system
  • Create office of education policy, Develop vocational school
  • Moratorium on the sale of city owned properties
  • Expand police department
  • Blight removal action plan
  • Expand residential inspections – code enforcement
  • Senior citizen tax relief