PATERSON, NJ – Activist Lydia Robles recently filed state election finance documents for her campaign for mayor.
Robles and Mayor Jeffery Jones so far are the only two candidates who have filed forms with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for the 2014 mayoral contest.
Jones’ quarterly report filed on January 18 showed he has raised $225,989 during the current election cycle and spent $185,676, leaving him with about $40,000 in the bank. Much of that money was raised and spent soon after he won the 2010 election, the reports show.
Robles, meanwhile, said she has not yet begun her campaign-fund raising efforts. On January 28, Robles filed her official sworn statement of her candidacy with ELEC and on February 7 she filed documents certifying the creation of her campaign organization and officers. Those report show Luz Rosario as her campaign chairperson and Jose Ortiz as her treasurer.
Robles, a resident of Getty Avenue in the 6th Ward, held a campaign kick-off event on January 6. “That was mostly for family,’’ she said. “I wanted to show that I was serious about running. I’m not backing off.’’
Others who have said they plan to run for mayor or are considering running include former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, council members Rigo Rodriguez and Andre Sayegh, Freeholder Theodore “TJ” Best, and activists Maria Teresa Feliciano and David Gilmore.
Robles was the subject of publicity last summer when she helped get the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission to remove more than 1,000 discard auto tires from the Passaic River. At that time, Robles’ efforts were in conjunction with Gilmore’s “Let’s Save Paterson” group and the Hispanic Council on Social Policy Center for Community Development Corporation. Robles said she is no longer affiliated with those groups.
“I don’t think everything has to be done through an organization,’’ she said. “It’s all about making positive change. I don’t want to get involved in the negativity.’’
Robles said she is a social worker with a degree in psychology and currently is a “stay-at-home Mom” for her three children.
“Some people have said I don’t have the credentials,’’ Robles said. “Those who have the credentials aren't getting the job done.’’