PATERSON, NJ- Following Juan “Mitch” Santiago’s May request to be appointed to the seat, local activist Al Abdelaziz has become the second candidate to make his interest in the position currently held by Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh known.
Sayegh will vacate the 6th Ward council seat upon being sworn in as mayor on July 1. The remaining members of the Paterson City Council, according to a memo prepared by Ben-David Seligman, Paterson’s 2nd Assistant Corporation Counsel, and obtained by TAPinto Paterson, have the option to fill the position by majority vote “within 30 days of the occurrence of a vacancy.”
Whether or not the council chooses to appoint someone to the seat, voters will go to the polls on November 6 to select a candidate to complete the term which expires on June 30, 2020. In order to appear on the ballot an individual must submit the valid signatures of 136 Paterson residents registered to vote in the city’s 6th Ward.
A former political opponent of Sayegh’s, Abdelaziz received 1,172 votes when he ran against him in a hotly contested election in 2016. Earlier this year Abdelaziz endorsed his former opponent’s bid for mayor and was a regular presence on the campaign trail for the eventual winner.
Prior to making his decision to run official Abdelaziz told TAPinto Paterson that he planned on “continuing to work to improve the quality of life and progress that the 6th Ward has seen.”