Edwards wants to be mayor of East Orange

EAST ORANGE – Former Assemblyman Willis Edwards intends to run for mayor of East Orange next year, he told PolitickerNJ.com.

"I would bet my house on it, although I have made no formal announcement at this time," said Edwards, an executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and adjunct professor at William Paterson University.

For 12 years, Mayor Robert Bowser, 74, has served as chief executive of this Essex County city, population 74,000.

Edwards, who is in his late 30's, said he appreciates Bowser's leadership and notes with pride the resurgence of the 3.9-square mile city under the leadership of the long-serving mayor.

"I've supported Bob in the past and he has supported me," said the former one-term assemblyman. "I have nothing disparaging to say about him. I would only say that it is time for us to have young leadership."

  Edwards wants to be mayor of East Orange