2013 East Orange Mayoral
For November's Election
After removing the candidates who have conceded the Primary
election of June 4th to Lester Taylor, I have restored this page
to the Web site with the only two candidates left in the race.
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.
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