Today, The East Orange Record endorsed Lester Taylor as the "clear choice" for mayor of East Orange. The editorial commends Lester Taylor for bringing a "strong background to a demanding job" and says that he "has the connection to make change not only possible but probable."
"Being mayor is not an easy job. It requires courage, character and commitment," continues the editorial. "Lester Taylor has already demonstrated these qualities in his private life. We believe he will demonstrate these attributes in public life as well in serving as mayor."
The full text of the endorsement is below:
Lester Taylor for mayor of East Orange
May 30, 2013 - East Orange Record
This year's race for mayor of East Orange is proving to be one of the closest, most contentious electoral contests in recent memory. While in some years, there has been one viable candidate running, plus a gaggle of also-rans, this year's election offers five solid candidates, any of whom would be a commendable choice. Electors cannot select five people to serve as mayor, however, and when weighing the positives against negatives, the clear choice for mayor of East Orange is Lester Taylor.
Taylor brings a strong background to a demanding job. The son of working-class parents, he knows the value of hard work and giving back to the community. Indeed, the example of his parents' sacrifices to ensure he would be able to attend and graduate from Montclair State University and Howard University School of Law led him to embark on a successful legal career.
Living in East Orange with his wife and three young children makes his commitment to the community that much more personal. As a homeowner, he shares with other residents of East Orange a desire to reign in sky-rocketing property taxes. He has promised to attract quality businesses that will adhere to the needs of hard-working families while, at the same time, reduce the tax burden currently felt by homeowners.
Taylor has already stressed the need for promoting supervised, after-school recreational and mentoring programs, and possibly bringing back the Police Athletic League. As for the students themselves, he has espoused promoting partnerships with local businesses, high schools, colleges and labor unions to create training, apprenticeships and educational programs for residents.
As an attorney, Taylor is chairman of his firm’s Educational Law practice group and has developed a strong reputation throughout the state for helping communities, cities and schools. Taylor has promised to take his knowledge and exercise it in East Orange, in much the same way as when he began hiring African-American attorneys at his firm, including a resident of East Orange.
Finally, Taylor has the connection to make change not only possible but probably. He has already been endorsed by the East Orange Democratic Committee, Essex County Democratic Committee, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Sen. Nia Gill, Assemblyman Tom Giblin and several labor unions, including the Essex County Building Trades Council, New Jersey State Laborers International and Essex/West Hudson Labor Council. These ties will help promote construction of the affordable housing and neighborhood improvements he has promised.
Being mayor is not an easy job. It requires courage, character and commitment. Taylor has already demonstrated these qualities in his private life. We believe he will demonstrate these attributes in public life as well in serving as mayor.
As for the City Council races, each line has good people running for these spots. Voters can select an entire line or pick from different lines. Residents should study the candidates, talk to those in the know and exercise due diligence in casting their ballots.
Above all, go to the polls and vote on June 4. Make your voice heard.