(East Orange) – LeRoy Jones, East Orange Democratic chairman, today announced the Democratic Committee’s support for five candidates for City Council who will team with Lester Taylor, East Orange Democrats’ choice for mayor in this year’s upcoming election. The East Orange Democratic team is comprised of Lester Taylor for mayor; Chris James, 1st Ward; Romal Bullock, 2nd Ward; Councilman Ted R. Green, 3rd Ward; Tyshammie Cooper, 4th Ward and Councilwoman Alicia Holman, 5th Ward.


 The East Orange Democratic Team From left to right: Ted Green, Romal Bullock, Lester Taylor, Tyshammie Cooper, Alicia Holman and Chris James

“It’s time for a change in East Orange and Lester Taylor and our five council candidates are the people we need to build a better future for our residents,” said Jones. “We have a young, dynamic team who will bring energy and enthusiasm into the City Council and give a strong voice to our families when it comes to reducing crime, making the city more affordable, bringing in good jobs for our residents and providing a quality education for our children.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of a great team that is dedicated to our city,” said Taylor, a partner with the law firm Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC, where he has built a statewide reputation for solving many of the challenges facing our local cities and school districts.  “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves to do the hard work necessary to make East Orange the best place it can be. It’s 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.”

“I am excited to begin this campaign for city council as this is an opportunity to serve my community and advocate for the things we all care about, like safer neighborhoods and improving our quality of life,” said James, chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange). “I have been fighting for our families every day with more than 15 years of experience in government, policy-making and community organizing and I am ready to continue that fight on the city council.”

“East Orange is a great place to live but high property taxes are making it harder every day for all of us to raise our families here,” said Bullock, tax assessor for the City of Newark, where he manages the staff, budget and functions of the largest municipal tax assessment office in the state. “We need common-sense solutions to bring in good businesses that employ our city residents and generate revenue so that we don’t increase the burden on our families who are already struggling. I look forward to talking to residents in the second ward about ways we can make our city more affordable for everyone.”

 “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of the third ward day in and day out,” said Councilman Green, a two-term councilman who has represented the third ward since 2006. Green currently chairs the Council’s Business Development and Zoning Committee. “Over the years we have faced many difficult challenges and I am proud of what my colleagues and I have accomplished so far to strengthen our neighborhoods, but we know there is much more work to be done. By attracting quality retail stores, revitalizing our commercial areas and investing in job-training programs and education, we can hold the line on property taxes to make East Orange more affordable, provide well-paying jobs for our residents and improve the city we all love to call home. Together we can make a real difference.”

“I am proud to be a part of the East Orange Democratic team that is going to bring change to our community and revitalize our city,” said Cooper. “In my experience as Chief Executive Officer of the Camden Empowerment Corporation, I’ve learned what it takes to attract businesses, build affordable housing, parks, youth and senior programs that strengthen our community, provide good job opportunities for residents and make East Orange an even better place to live and work.”

“As a lifelong resident of East Orange, I can’t think of a greater honor than to give back and serve my community on the City Council,” said Councilwoman Holman. “As Chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee my top priority is always looking out for the safety and security of our residents. I am proud of the work we have done, but we must continue to do better to reduce crime, build partnerships between law enforcement and our families and provide safe recreational areas to enhance and enrich the lives of our children.”


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