(East Orange) – East Orange voters went to the polls on Tuesday and chose Lester Taylor to be the next mayor of their city. Taylor had previously defeated a crowded field of contenders in the June 4th primary, including 16-year incumbent Robert L. Bowser, to become the Democratic nominee on the November ballot. Taylor, who is 39, will become the thirteenth mayor of East Orange and one of the youngest mayors in the history of the city when he is sworn into office for a four-year term on January 1, 2014. 

East Orange voters also elected Lester Taylor’s five Democratic running mates on “Line A” to four-year terms on the City Council: Chris James (1st Ward), Romal Bullock (2nd Ward), Councilman Ted Green (3rd Ward), Tyshammie Cooper (4th Ward) and Alicia Holman (5th Ward).

“I’d like to thank the voters of East Orange for coming out to the polls once again and making the choice for change and new leadership,” said Taylor, speaking before hundreds of supporters and volunteers gathered at his campaign’s headquarters on Central Avenue. “From the beginning, this campaign was never about any one individual, but about our families and improving the lives of people throughout our community. I am honored that East Orange voters put their trust in me and our City Council team to lead our city and I am excited to take on the challenge of making our city an even better place to live, work and play for all residents.”

City Council Chairwoman Quilla Talmadge, who also chaired Lester Taylor’s campaign, said she is looking forward to working with the new mayor.

“East Orange will be in excellent hands with Lester Taylor,” said Talmadge. “This is a new era for our city and the future is bright. Lester is someone who is going to provide a fresh perspective on finding solutions for our city’s challenges and will bring people together to find common ground so that hard-working families in our city get the quality of life they deserve. He has worked diligently to get to this point and he is going to bring that same work ethic to get things done for our families, day in and day out.”

East Orange Democratic Committee Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. also praised Lester Taylor for his dedication to families in the city.

“On day one, Lester made the commitment to work hard and he has done just that,” said Jones. “He has been talking to residents throughout the city nonstop since this campaign began and continued to do so after the primary because he knows how important it is that our families have leadership that understands what they are going through and will fight for them to make this city the best it can be.”

Lester Taylor has built a statewide reputation as an attorney who has helped rehabilitate communities, cities and schools. He and his wife Bibi, a lifelong resident of East Orange, are raising three young children, 2, 4 and 15.

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