PATERSON, NJ - Assembly Democrat Benjie E. Wimberly announced on Friday that he will not be entering the race for mayor of Paterson.
In a prepared statement, Wimberly said:
"For many months there has been much speculation of whether I am running for Mayor. After many
lengthy discussions with my family and mentors, I will not be running for mayor.
The citizens of Paterson have a big job to do this year. Our votes in the mayoral election will chart the
course of our city for the next four years. We must use this opportunity to unify and forge stronger
relationships to help address the issues plaguing this great city.
On Monday, we celebrated the National Holiday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man, prior
to his assassination, so passionately addressed the nation about Unity. I thought it befitting to make this
announcement and charge everyone to a call of Service and Unity.
Dr. King, in 1967, wrote a speech entitled 'America’s Chief Moral Dilemma.' In it, he said: 'We suffer
from a kind of poverty of spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological
abundance. We have learned to swim the seas like fish, fly the air like birds. Yet we have not learned
the simple art of walking the earth like brothers.'
Paterson is 8.7 square miles, with close to 200,000 residents and over 52 different nationalities. Our
diversity is one of Paterson's greatest strengths. Together we will build a better community, a better
city. Together, regardless of political, cultural and economic differences, we will combat gun violence,
gang violence, poverty, unemployment, high property taxes and disparities in education. Together, we
must learn the 'simple art of walking like brothers,' for Paterson.
Let’s continue to stand on HOPE over despair. My best to each candidate in the 2014 Paterson mayoral
race. While I’m not running for mayor, I will continue to campaign for a better Paterson for all."