PATERSON, NJ- With 20 candidates seeking election on May 8, local landlords have a wide range of potential tenants to fill their space for the short term. On Saturday, two of these candidates, Dr. Lilisa Mimms and Andrew Sayegh opened doors to separate headquarters that will house volunteers and campaign workers all strategizing to get out the vote.

The day began as Mimms, seeking one of three At-Large seats on the city council, hosted a boisterous celebration of the opening of her campaign headquarters located at 247 Broadway.

Bolstered by the performance of The Steaming Stallions Drumline and Color Guard of Frank R. Lautenberg School, Mimms brought energy and prayer to a lively Saturday afternoon crowd. “It was a great day filled with enthusiasm and people who are excited about building a better Paterson,” said Mimms directly after the event.

Sign Up for E-News

Mimms received the endorsements of a number of elected officials and community advocates including Senator Nellie Pou; Council members Ruby Cotton, Andre Sayegh, and Luis Velez; Board of Education Commissioners Emmanuel Capers and Vincent Arrington; former Council members Ed Cotton and Vera Ames; and local clergy John Gibbons and James Kuykendall, among others.

Speaking to TAPinto Paterson Mimms said that she felt “honored” to have a chance to see her hard work manifested in her own campaign office. “I think we have the best location ever. I’m born and raised in the 4th Ward, so to have my headquarters there is just a blessing,” said Mimms.

Later in the day, councilman, and mayoral candidate, Andre Sayegh held an event to celebrate the opening of his second campaign office, this one 366 Union Ave. Sayegh opened his first campaign headquarters located at 451 21st Avenue in January. The opening, Sayegh said, came as a result of “demand from supporters who seized the initiative and identified the location.” A third campaign office is slated to open in South Paterson on Saturday.

With his usual focus on economic development, Sayegh described bringing Paterson into the 21st century. “We could become a tech city,” he said, hoping to build on his relationship Governor Phil Murphy to bring funding for large development projects across the city.

Referring to a line often used by former Councilman Ed Cotton, who earlier this year endorsed Sayegh’s campaign, the candidate said that “we need to be at the table in Trenton because if you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu,” suggesting that given his previous relationships and extensive contacts his time as mayor will put an end to what he sees as a lack of attention from state and federal governments in the past. 

“Relationships with people who have resources will get us results,” Commissioner Emmanuel Capers said in once again showing his support for Sayegh’s candidacy. This is one of the most important elections in Paterson history,” he reminded those in attendance in urging voters to get active.

While spring has so far eluded the area, the day’s dual office openings showed that the campaign season has fully arrived, and gave one more indication that for many in Paterson all eyes are on Tuesday, May 8.

For continued coverage of the 2018 mayoral election, keep checking TAPinto Paterson, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPintoPaterson.