Top 3 Orange mayoral candidates endorse Donald Payne Jr for Congress
June 1, 2012 – 6:26pm
ORANGE, NJ– All three of the top candidates in the recent mayor’s race in Orange, including the current mayor and mayor-elect, have united to support Donald Payne Jr. for Congress. Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. and Janice Morrell have joined Mayor-elect Dwayne Warren in endorsing Payne as the best candidate to represent the 10th district.
“As an Essex County Freeholder, Donald Payne, Jr. has always strongly advocated for Orange through our requests for county grants. In the past, when we needed funding for infrastructure repairs, police and fire support, or neighborhood stabilization, we turned to his father, and he delivered more federal help than Orange had ever received before, ” Mayor Hawkins said.
“I support Donald Payne Jr. because of what he has already done for Orange, and because of what I know he will do in Congress. The people of Orange need Donald Payne Jr. in Washington fighting our city. I urge Orange residents to come out and vote for him in the Democratic Primary.”
Morrell added, “Donald Payne Jr. has always been very supportive of Orange. Whenever we had any requests for help with a business project, he was always supportive and helpful. He’s exactly the kind of person we need in Congress.”
Warren reiterated, “His work in Newark shows that he really knows how to create jobs and champion economic development.”
“It’s certainly great to have the endorsement of these three great civic leaders of Orange,” Payne said. “I have always fought for the people of Orange in county government, and I look forward to fighting for their interests in Washington,”
Payne is the son of Congressman Donald Payne, who represented the 10th district, including Orange, continuously from 1989 until his untimely death in March.