May 8th, 2012 will be written in the history books of Orange, NJ. Dwayne Warren, with the backing of the unions and former Mayor Mims Hackett, won the Orange Mayoral Election. Warren has not been officially declared the winner, pending any litigation from the Hawkins Campaign.
Due to the contest of the heated election, approximately 11% more voters came to the polls this time. The momentum was very high. Warren was supported by the unions, which sent the message that they were united, and it was not wise to come after them. Former Mayor Mims Hackett has a likeable personality and is well liked amongst the Orange Community. Now question was not whether he can get the votes he needed, as he was not running, but if he could transform his likeability into votes for Warren. Hackett’s popularity and persuasion were proof that he still has charisma.
Local Talk congratulates Dwayne Warren for his successful bid for the Mayor of the City of Orange Township. Warren came out 219 votes ahead of Hawkins with 1,569 in his side. Hawkins received 1,350 votes. The other two candidates included Janice Morrell with 700 votes, and Edward Marable, Jr. with 438 votes. There will be many changes in the upcoming term, as the new administration will lead the city with a different idea and direction.
The Orange Council also had a tough election. For the three at large seats, seven candidates were running. Two councilpersons won and two council persons lost their hopeful re-election bid for councilpersons at large. Donna K. Williams was the top vote getter with 1,282 votes, followed by April Gaunt-Butler with 1,175 votes and Elroy A. Corbitt with 1,049 votes. They all will be sworn in July for their four year terms on the council. Soon to be former Councilmen Hassan Abdul-Rasheed and Rayfield R. Morton had 777 votes and 810 votes respectively. Meanwhile, Dwight Holmes had 977 votes and new hopeful Stephanie E. Blaine had 728 votes.