2013 East Orange Mayoral
Because East Orange is a one party town (Democrat), the
mayoral election is over June 4th, when the primary voting is
completed. Therefore, we don't have much time to learn about the
candidates. Any Republicans, Independents, or members of any
other parties are advised to register as Democrats if you want to
be able to vote for mayor. Otherwise, you'll take what your
registered Democrat neighbors decide for you.
Incumbent Mayor Robert L. Bowser
Mayor Robert L. Bowser is the twelfth Mayor of the City of East Orange. He
holds the distinction of being the first African American in the
history of the City to have been elected to serve a third term. (Note- this is an old statement that was never
updated when he began his fourth term in 2010)
Mayor Bowser hails from a family whose presence in East Orange
dates back to the late 1800's and is one of the City's oldest
African American families. He is a graduate of the Newark College
of Engineering, now the New Jersey Institute of Technology,
earning a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
Trained as a Civil Engineer, Planner and Surveyor, Mayor Bowser
is a Professional Land Surveyor and Professional Planner in the
State of New Jersey. He began his professional career as a
Principal City Planner for the Newark Central Planning Board and
Traffic Engineer for the Township of Montclair. Mayor Browser was
president of Bowser Engineers and Associates, Incorporated for
twenty-six years. This East Orange-based engineering, planning,
surveying and architectural design firm grew to become one of the
largest minority-owned consulting firms on the East Coast.
Following this experience as the head of a successful business,
he became the Director of the East Orange Department of Public
Works and served as the Acting City Planner. Prior to becoming
Mayor, he served the Newark Board of Education as a School
District Principal Engineer in the Design and Construction
Active in numerous community, social and civic affairs, Mayor
Bowser served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of
Greater Essex County, New Jersey for ten years and was a member
of the Brick Church Lions Club; President of the East Orange
Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Rutgers University Urban
Gardening Program Advisory Board. He was founder and Executive
Director of the Essex County Touch Football League for twenty-six
years. He is a member of the Men of Essex, Incorporated; Board
Member of the Salvation Army and Member of the East Orange
General Hospital Board of Trustees.
Mayor Bowser's professional affiliations include Past President
of the Northern Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors,
Incorporated and membership with the National Minority
Contractors Association, Incorporated. He is on the
Board of Directors of the National Black Conference of Mayors and
co-chairs the Conference's Legislative Committee. He is a member
of the National Black Conference of Mayors' Board of Directors
and serves as the organization's First Vice President and Finance
Committee Chairperson. Mayor Bowser is a Founder of the New
Jersey Conference of Black Mayors and was selected as President
in 2003 and is a member of the United States Conference of
Mayors, Incorporated. He was appointed to Acting Governor Richard
Codey's Gang Land Security Task Force Advisory Committee and the
State of New Jersey Planning Commission.
Mayor Bowser serves on the New Jersey State League of
Municipalities Executive Board as the Third Vice President. He
chairs the newly formed Gang and Youth Violence Task Force. He
also serves on the Legislative Committee and Economic Development
Committee, participating in numerous League workshops and is a
member of the New Jersey Urban Mayor's Association.
Mayor Bowser is married to Marilyn Bowser and is father to son
David Bowser and daughters Lisa A Ward and Leslie J. Ward.
Carol Y, Clark
First elected as District III Freeholder in 2002, Clark won
re-election in 2005, 2008 and 2011. She served 8 years on the
East Orange City Council and as the citys Assistant
Director of Community Affairs and Public Relations. She also
served as Deputy County Administrator and Chief of Staff for the
Essex County Department of Citizen Services, as an Essex County
Utilities Authority Commissioner, and was the Assistant to the
Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Activities at
Essex County College.
She has represented the Freeholder Board at the
New Jersey Association of Counties since 2003, and served as the
organizations President in 2009. She is also a member and
former President (2002) of the National Black Caucus of Local
Elected Officials, a board member of the National League of
Cities, and a NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee
member. She earned her B.A. in History/Political Science from
Douglass College, her M.A. in Education from Seton Hall
University, and received a fellowship from the Institute for
Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.
Carol has her own Facebook page HERE where you can ask her
Campaign Slogan: The Power of One = The Power
Carol's goals, in
her own words: "We have work to do and a City to reclaim,
restore, and protect. We can do this if we vote."
It seems vague to me.
3/17/13 - Carol has deleted the
questions I posted on her Facebook Page, simply asking her to
explain what she means by her goals, and finally asking her just
to explain her first goal of reclaiming something. She also
blocked me from asking further questions. Her e-mail response to
me was: "You will be able to
ask your question and get an answer in person Thursday March 21st
at 7:30 pm at Grace UME church."
4/4/13 Currently Carol is listing a Mayoral Candidate
Debate to be held at the East Orange Public Library Community
Room, 6:00 PM on Monday, April 8th. No one else seems to be aware
of this "debate." I will try to attend and report back
as to whether or not there was an actual debate between
candidates that evening.
should have known better. Not only did no one show up for this
advertised (on Carol's Facebook Event Page) Mayoral Debate, no one I spoke with at the
library had ever heard of her or any meeting. There is no room
known as "The Community Room" as it states in her ad.
This is NOT a person I want as Mayor of East Orange or any other
town or city where I live. When her term as Freeholder ends, I'm
going to be looking for a candidate to replace her there, as
all this time, Carol finally answered the question I originally
put on her Facebook Page requesting specifics of her goals for
East Orange, for which request I was blocked from her page. At
the Mayoral Debate she quickly tried to read through the list,
but ran out of time. She has since posted them on her Facebook
page, and here they are as well:
Carol Y. Clark's PLATFORM
1. Revitalize our Central Avenue, Main
Street and neighborhood corridors with restaurants, shops, arts
and cultural venues.
2. Improve public safety by
implementing community-centered policing. Community policing
doesn't pit the police and the citizen against one another.
Instead, it establishes a working relationship of mutual respect,
i.e. Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, & Crime Watch
3. Strengthen our schools by engaging
all community stakeholders (educator, students, parents, and
community members) to build a better educational system.
Call for a public referendum to
decide if East Orange should have an elected or appointed school
4. Expand city sponsored recreation
programs for children, adults, and seniors.
programs, i.e. Adopt a School Program, Senior and Teen Councils ,
& adult athletic leagues.
Establish and improve community health and Planned Parenthood Clinics.
Construct a Skate & BMX bike parks
and state of the art Community/Recreation & PAL Centers.
5. Produce sustained economic growth by
protecting & effectively utilizing city assets &
resources (i.e. East Orange Golf Course, Reservoir, City Garage,
Communication Center, etc.).
6. Improve housing development by
creating homebuyer incentive programs for public servants, urban
professionals, & men of color.
7. Advance, innovate & create green space revitalization & Green Job programs.
8. Normalize city parking by
implementing alternate side of the street parking in designated
9. Implement effective prisoner reentry
programs to utilize former inmates' talents to meet the needs of
It is interesting to note that on her
own official Web site, her previous Campaign Platform was more
wishy-washy, which was the reason I originally asked for
clarification in March 2013.
TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD A BETTER EAST ORANGE BY:
Aggressively working to reduce taxes
Restoring unity, pride & dignity
Strengthening our schools
Developing jobs & sustainable economic growth
Protecting our assets & resources
Supporting public safety initiatives
Improving our quality of life
The NEW platform seems to have been
made just before the 4/18/13 debate, and is quite obviously based
on the platforms of Kevin Taylor and Lester Taylor, borrowing
both language and ideas from her competitors. What will she do
when she has to think for herself?
Born May 14, 1959 at Beth Israel Hospital in
Newark, NJ, Kevins family made their way to East Orange
when he was just six years old. Kevin began his education at
Columbian Elementary and Rutledge Elementary Schools in East
Orange. He went on to graduate from Clifford J. Scott High School
in 1978 where he received All-American, All-state and New York
Daily News All Stars honors in football. His talents and
leadership on the field awarded him a football scholarship to the
University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in
Business Management and was privileged to play in the prestigious
Aloha Bowl Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii.
While in college, Kevin met and fell in love
with his beautiful wife Sandy Taylor Esq. After college, the two
moved back to East Orange where they reside today with their two
children Kelsey, 18 and Kevin Jr. 15. Once home, Kevin
established Ketco Construction and soon after landed a contract
to build the well known Brick Church Mall in East Orange. He
would go on to acquire multiple contracts with prominent
businesses and corporations including the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey. Kevin worked diligently and efficiently to
grow his business into a thriving entity that his family and
community could be proud of. He was a self made entrepreneur who
now desired to use his wealth of knowledge in managing a
successful enterprise along with his astute business practices to
change his community.
In 1992, Kevin founded the East Orange Falcon
Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program. He would use the
discipline of sports to instill values, ambition and character
into East Oranges most precious resource, its youth. For
fourteen years the nationally recognized Pop Warner organization
serviced over 4000 youth and organized a yearly staff of more
than 35 volunteers. After seeing the great effect this program
was having on the youth and their parents, Kevin launched the
Falcon Mentoring and Tutoring Program. This program allowed for
dozens of East Orange students to receive much needed academic
assistance from some of Seton Hall Universitys brightest
students. Kevin didnt stop there; he forged a partnership
with the Dionne Warwick School to establish a one on one
mentoring program throughout the East Orange school district. He
was also elected 5th ward district leader.
After his years of service to East Orange youth
Kevin now turned his full attention to the community at large. He
began the Kevin Taylor Civic Association, an organization that
sponsors various initiatives throughout East Orange for the
purpose of assisting churches, seniors, families and addressing
critical community issues. Kevin also serves as a board member of
the East Orange Education Foundation and as an involved member of
the East Orange Chamber of Commerce. As President of Blackstone
Acquisition LLC, a property acquisition firm, Kevin currently
manages over 150 properties throughout the United States,
totaling over 8 million square feet, within major urban and
suburban real estate markets. He is also Chief Executive Officer
of PI Resources LLC, a marketing and advertising firm.
Kevin has his own Facebook page where you can ask him questions.
Kevin's "Revitalization Plan" as of
1. Secure our Streets
2. Clean our Streets
3. Rebuild our Streets
Campaign Slogan: Putting People Before
Kevin's goals as
stated at his public meeting:
Use our Water Wealth from the city's 18 artesian
wells to generate revenue to bring down property taxes.
Develop some of the land on the outskirts of our watershed
property to add further revenue to bring down property taxes.
Reduce dependence on police parking tickets as a source of
revenue for the city by increasing on-street parking permits,
using alternate side of the street parking, and make use of the
city's vacant lots for increased parking. This would also mend
the divide between citizens and the police caused by excessive
Develop our sanitation department by leasing our own garbage
trucks, providing for our own sanitation needs at less expense
and extending sanitation services to near-by cities to create new
jobs and add to our city revenues without raising taxes.
Convert the many vacant buildings and vacant schools into
money-making properties, creating jobs and adding to the revenue
to help lower taxes.
Reform our school district with transparency and by having a
partially elected school board, giving parents and teachers a
greater say in running our schools.
Nothing vague, just
solid solutions. They might not all work, but all are worth trying.
This event was hastily put
together. It was first (poorly) announced in the Essex News on Saturday evening. By Tuesday morning, the day
of the event, it had still not been verified and was still not
mentioned on any of the candidates' Web sites. Around 3:00 PM on
Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Taylor was the only candidate who was
mentioning the event and displaying the above poster on his
"In keeping with my pledge to hold our
accountable, after I am elected mayor of this great city,
I will work with city council to implement a three-term
Time and time again, we've seen how career politicians
in East Orange end up serving their own interests as
well as the interests of their cronies, rather than
the public. Because of their lack of concern for the very
residents who elected them, the results have been
devastating. Their actions have resulted in higher
taxes, contracts for supporters and a school system
that isn't adequately preparing our young people to
enter into the global economy. East Orange is at a
standstill because of career politicians. lt's time to
If the governor of our great state, and even the
President of the United States, is limited to two terms,
then it is time for East Orange to follow suit. I believe
that it is time to end politics as usual and start
our people first. Term limits will help our city
tremendously by allowing for fresh, new ideas. It will
enable us to elect individuals who are truly committed
to serving East Orange residents first and foremost.
Most importantly, term limits will prevent our future
mayors from becoming complacent while in office. It
pushes them to work for results."
Kevin Taylor 4/16/13
Lester E. Taylor
The 38-year-old attorney has the backing of City
of East Orange Council Chair Quilla Talmadge, Councilmembers Ted
Green, Sharon Fields, Jacqueline Johnson, Lonnie Hughes, and
"The decision to run for mayor was founded upon my deep
desire to provide the best quality of life for my family,
neighbors and community," Taylor said recently. "My
goal over the next five months is to engage as many East Orange
residents, clergy members, business leaders and organizations in
a fruitful discussion about job creation, lowering taxes and
creating revenue streams to enhance our city."
A partner with the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt &
Fader, LLC, the candidate chairs the firm's Education Practice
Group, which represents Boards of Education in General, Special
Education, Litigation, Labor, Employment and Workers'
Compensation related matters.
He is the fourth candidate to formally enter the East Orange
Lester Taylor's East Orange Democratic
Committee statement of 3/11/13
I am thrilled to be a part of a great team
that is dedicated to our city. Were ready to roll up our
sleeves to do the hard work necessary to make East Orange the
best place it can be. Its time for new leadership that puts
our families first by making our streets safer, saves our
taxpayers money and finds innovative ways to attract new
businesses to put our residents back to work.
Lester has his own Facebook
Page where you can ask him questions.*
Campaign Slogan: It's Time for a Change
Lester's goals in
his own words: "Theres a lot of work ahead to spread
our message of reducing crime, saving our taxpayers money,
attracting businesses to our city to create jobs and investing in
education so that our children have a brighter future."
Very vague; no specifics
Goals from Lester's Web site:
Spur job creation by bringing in new
businesses and revitalizing parts of downtown.
Hold the line on taxes by being smarter about how the city spends
our tax dollars.
Create new revenue streams to balance the budget without raising
Reduce crime by developing new community partnerships.
Less vague, but still no
solid solutions mentioned.
* 4/2/13 After attempting
to raise questions about his vague goals on his Facebook page, my
question was deleted and I am now blocked from asking any further
questions of him. My response to this is HERE.
4/4/13 - One more person
has filed a petition to run for Mayor of East Orange - Tonya
Parker-Lemon, an independent on the Looking For Extraordinary
The following is from
Tonya's own flyer, exactly as written.
being a retired correctional officer is not ordinary
when it comes to her knowledge in LAW ENFORCEMENT AND
LEADERSHIP She's known for her dedication in dealing with
the youth in the community.
Let Us Work To Bring EXTRAORDINARY
CHANGE Back to East Orange for the future of
" OUR CHILDREN"
A Service for The People
I want to see more Revenue brought to the city
Lower Taxes almost to a freeze:;
More Security Enforcement for citizens being Officers and
Curfew Enforced: Rotating Side of the Street Parking:
Vistor Parking Permits: Lower Parking Permits:
More Activities for Youth and Seniors: Job promotions
along with raises:
More Emergency Assistance programs: Rental Assistance
along with Rent Control:
Home owners getting supplies to beautify there property
(such as) paint, flowers, wood etc.
Bringing Large Franchises into the city to create jobs
Let us try to keep our youth involved with more
activities, try to save our future generation:
Let us care about one another lets bring back a
"Look after our neighbor policy:
Big Brother along with Sister is watching you! A city
that cares is one that will want to share:
Yes! " I Love East Orange",
Vote Parker-Lemon line D
the First Female Mayor of East Orange
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