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Ex-Orange Boss Hawkins Running for West Orange Mayor

Retired West Orange police officer said recent spike in violent crime and high property taxes among reasons he's running.

Eldridge Hawkins, Jr./File photo
Eldridge Hawkins, Jr./File photo

Eldridge Hawkins Jr., the former mayor of Orange, is seeking the office of mayor in West Orange.

Hawkins, a retired West Orange police officer, cited a “spike in armed robberies and other violent crimes” and “crippling property taxes” among his reasons for seeking the office.

“With more than 25 years in West Orange and as one who was raised, went to school, volunteered and worked in our township, I know how great our community can be and I have a unique vision for our future while embracing the best of our past,“ Hawkins wrote in a statement on his website.

Following his unsuccessful bid for a second term as mayor of Orange in 2012, according to nj.com, the 34-year-old Hawkins returned to West Orange.

Current West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi told nj.com that Hawkins’s cross-Orange jump to become mayor was “a little awkward.”

Parisi hasn’t announced whether or not he plans to run for mayor again when his term expires later this year.

Hawkins is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the Maplewood and Oranges Unit of the NAACP and a Master Mason.

The former West Orange police officer lost a suit in state superior court in 2011 which accused West Orange’s business administrator and township police chief of misconduct and conspiracy.

A racial discrimination suit against West Orange is ongoing, according to nj.com.

Ken March 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Pretty sure this is the first time Adam and I have ever agreed on anything. This clown couldn't get re-elected as mayor of ORANGE and he wants to come run things here? I don't think so.
MSS March 21, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Is there anyone else running for mayor? Considering he didn't get reelected in Orange, what does he have to offer?
RB March 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Rudolfo Rodriguez seems to be running and, presumably, Rob Parisi will announce his intention to run for reelection at some point between now and November.
patriot March 27, 2014 at 06:45 AM
No way. We don't need him here.
Ricky March 27, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Is Dick Codey supporting Hawkins for WO mayor as he supported him in his mayoral contest in Orange? What might be "awkward" (if Mr. Hawkins were elected) is the ongoing discrimination suit against the township. As mayor could he direct the township legal team to settle the suit at terms favorable to himself?

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