For Dr. Lilisa Mimms Running for City Council is About Making ‘A Better Paterson’

PATERSON, NJ- While her time on the Paterson Board of Education might be coming to an end, Dr. Lilisa Mimms has made it clear that she has no intention of backing away from her commitment to public service.

In front of an overflow crowd at the Brownstone on Friday Mimms touched on a number of issues she believes will make the city she has called home all her life “a better Paterson, ” as she officially launched her campaign for one of three At-Large seats on the Paterson City Council in the 2018 election.

Mimms was successful in her first run for office when she won a seat on the Paterson Board of Education in 2014 but was unable to garner enough votes when she ran for the Third Ward Council seat in 2016.

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Praised by many in the audience for her advocacy of diversity and determined community outreach, Mimms made mention of her relationships with residents from all backgrounds when she said that, as evidenced by those in attendance, in addition to the African American community, she has “supporters from both the Hispanic and Middle Eastern communities” 

"I have worked with everyone and stuck by them no matter what. They support me because I actually care and I advocate for everyone,” she continued.

Among the issues Mimms plans to start working on immediately is improving the City’s image. Too many view Paterson as a “bad town” Mimms lamented, adding that she will fight to change how people feel about the community by “sitting in people’s homes and listening,” and urging those that she hopes will cast their vote for her to hold her “accountable.”

Mimms would also say that she doesn’t just plan on making campaign promises, but rather intends to get results in order to “make an impact for Paterson's residents who are affected by poverty and crime on a daily basis.”

By working with Paterson’s business community, Mimms suggested, more can be done to create better “jobs that are worth keeping.” She also hopes to use her experience as a commissioner to “bridge the gap,” between the board of education and  the city council to improve opportunities for Paterson students.

While voters won’t cast their ballot until May 8 Mimms said she’s not waiting to see if she wins to do her part. Instead, she said, she’s already “taking action.”

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