Longtime Activist Turned Council Candidate Seek to Make Change ‘From the Inside’

Long-time activist and business owner Casey Melvin submitted 1315 signatures to appear on the ballot Credits: Steve Lenox
Casey Melvin is seeking on of three At-Large seats on the Paterson City Council Credits: Casey Melvin

PATERSON, NJ- As the owner of Simply the Best for 24 years and a community activist for nearly as long, lifelong Paterson resident Casey Melvin has paid close attention to how the City of Paterson, and its government, operates.

What he’s seen of late, he told TAPinto Paterson, including development contracts to outside investors and the highest salaries on the city’s payroll going to non-residents, shows him that while those on the city council are elected to serve the people of Paterson, “that not happening enough.”

For Melvin though, the decision to run for one of the three At-Large seats came immediately after the council’s meeting on February 6 during which they voted 8-1 to sell 46 city-owned properties through a public auction. His request of the body that night was to hold off on approving the auction until they had more time to consider ways to better “empower residents” and make the “people the priority” as it relates to selling off the lots.

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The “disturbing outcome” that night, Melvin said, was the finally proof he needed that the best way to make the sort of impact he hopes to is by “working from the inside.” Though Melvin was the last presumptive candidate to begin the process of collecting the required signatures to appear on the ballot, he managed to collect and submit a total of 1,315 in less than four weeks.

His success in that timeframe, helped on by several long-time friends who joined him in delivering the signatures to the city clerk’s office on Monday, showed, Melvin believes, that “people are not satisfied with the current government.”

His long time record of community service, and truthfulness, the newly certified candidate concluded, will continue to be a positive attribute of his campaign because people know he is “doing the right thing for Paterson.”

Election Day is on Tuesday, May 8. 


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