Kevin Taylor Bolsters Write-In Mayoral Campaign with High Profile Consultants

East Orange, NJ (October 1, 2013)  East Orange mayoral hopeful, Kevin Taylor, did not win the Democratic primary last June but he says he fully expects to be victorious in the general election on November 5th. Because he was not selected to run on the Democratic Party Ticket, Taylor’s shot at becoming mayor is as a write-in candidate on Election Day. It is a shot that he says he knows he and the residents of East Orange will make.

“My candidacy is a strike against old-style party politics where the political machine promotes their interests—which is maintaining power and control—over the needs of the people,” Taylor explained. To underscore the seriousness of his intent, Taylor brought on board Eric Dawson as his campaign manager and David Keith, a nationally known campaign consultant whose client list spans from New Jersey to California.

Keith is a Democratic operative specializing in campaign fundraising operations and strategic positioning. He joins Taylor fresh off a stint in Michigan where he assisted in the gubernatorial aspirations of former Democratic congressman Mark Schauer. While in the Wolverine State, Keith got to witness first hand the Detroit mayoral primary where write-in candidate Mike Duggan was officially declared the winner by more than 20,000 votes.

“Kevin is out there doing what he needs to do and as long as he’s putting in the work, we’ll win this thing,” Keith said.

Dawson, the son of legendary political guru, Carl Sharif, is no stranger to helming hard-won political campaigns in his own right. Taylor believes that Dawson’s diversified professional palette is an added value for the Taylor—Kevin Taylor—team. In addition to his tenure as Creative Director at premier Fortune 500 companies, Dawson is recognized as an expert in online reputation management and strategic development in the burgeoning field of social media marketing.

“I don’t believe in exercises in futility or moral victories. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Kevin Taylor was a good candidate with a strong opportunity to win the election,” Dawson said.

Kevin believes that Taylor—Lester Taylor, that is—was a puppet candidate propped up by the party machine to confuse and divide the voters. Taylor, Lester, was a virtual unknown 6 months prior to the primary. “Even now the Lester Taylor camp is spreading misinformation and, frankly, outright lies about this election,” Taylor said. “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t have people come up to me and apologize and say that they were confused about the primary ballot and are even more confused now.”

Taylor, Kevin, says that his primary objective is to educate people about the write-in process. He wants voters to understand that his name won’t be on the ballot, so they have to manually write his name on the ballot. And, that a write-in vote has as much validity as an electronically vote.

“This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” Dawson said, “not party bosses who feel it is their place to dictate to the populace. We can’t stand for that as a democratic society.” Taylor Kevin is betting that Dawson and Keith will help him show the residents of East Orange how to rage against the machine.

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