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Darius Mayfield gains support from national conservative activist

Ken Blackwell backs Bonnie Watson Coleman opponent in NJ-12


By David Wildstein, February 26 2024 12:01 am

Darius Mayfield, a Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district, has picked up an endorsement from an Ohio politician who is well-known nationally as a conservative activist.

Ken Blackwell, a former Cincinnati mayor who served as Ohio’s Secretary of State and State Treasurer, called Mayfield “a beacon of proactive change, a man whose life and career have been dedicated to uplifting those around him.”

“His work, as a black business owner and founder of the Darius Mayfield Foundation, underscores his commitment to expanding educational opportunities in underserved areas,” Blackwell said.  “His policy positions reflect a deep and nuanced understanding of our nation’s challenges.  Darius has been to the border on multiple occasions, witnessing firsthand the crisis that unfolds daily.  Unlike many, he speaks with an authority rooted in firsthand experience, matched with common-sense solutions aimed at bolstering our national security.”

Mayfield is seeking a rematch against Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing); he received 36% of the vote against her in 2022. 


Blackwell gave some advice to Mayfield: “Bees don’t waste time trying to convince flies that honey is better than dog poop.  So don’t waste your time trying to convince the unintelligent that the opportunity state is better than the welfare state.  Let’s go win elections and create opportunities.”

“Darius embodies this sentiment.  He is not about mere rhetoric; he is about action, about making tangible differences in people’s lives,” said Blackwell.

“In endorsing Darius Mayfield, I stand with a man who not only seeks to win an election but is also committed to the exhaustive work required to ensure his district, and indeed the United States, remains a land of unparalleled opportunity,” stated Blackwell.  “Darius is the leader New Jersey’s 12th District needs — a leader who will tirelessly work to safeguard the promises and ideals that define us.”|


Blackwell served in President George H.W. Bush’s administration as Undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.  He was the Republican nominee for governor of Ohio in 2006 and an unsuccessful candidate for Republican National Chairman in 2009.

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