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Two Orange city councilmembers want to run for mayor and seek re-election at the same time

By David Wildstein, January 20 2020 8:33 pm

One local officeholder in Orange are testing a 2018 law that would allow Cory Booker to run simultaneously for president and U.S. Senate to an almost absurd level by attempting to run for both mayor and city council in the same election.

Donna Williams has petitions out for mayor and for re-election to her at-large council seats and is apparently serious about seeking both offices, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

It will be up to city clerk Joyce Lanier to decide whether she would allow Williams and Jackson to file for both.

Mayor Dwayne Warren is seeking re-election to a third term.

Along with Williams, councilman Christopher Jackson, former councilman Rayfield Morton, retired firefighter Jamie Anderson and Michael Jean Baptiste are also pursuing mayoral bids.

Warren ousted incumbent Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. by 230 votes in 2012, 39%-33%.  Orange does not require runoff elections for candidates who win less than half the votes.

In 2016, Warren was re-elected by 681 votes over Councilman Kerry Coley, 50%-33, in a three-way race.

If Williams or Jackson were to win both offices, they would be forced to hold just one.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Jackson as a candidate for both offices.  Jackson has told the Globe that he will run only for mayor.

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2 thoughts on “Two Orange city councilmembers want to run for mayor and seek re-election at the same time

  1. We would appreciate you report the names correctly. The candidate’s name is Michael Jean Baptiste; a local business owner. Thank you.

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