PATERSON, NJ- Petitions for candidates seeking to run for Mayor or Council-At-Large in Paterson’s 2018 elections are now available in the City Clerk’s Office.

Among the first candidates to arrive to pick up their petitions on Friday were Councilman Andre Sayegh who will be running for Mayor and Dr. Lilisa Mimms, Justin Rucker and Fatima Bell who have announced their intentions to seek a seat on the City Council. Graciela Rodriguez also arrived before 9:00 a.m. to collect mayoral petitions on behalf of her husband, Pedro Rodriguez.

Several other candidates including Councilman William McKoy and Councilman Alex Mendez have also announced their intention to run for the City’s top spot, while more than 10 are expected to vie for three council seats.

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In order to get placed on the ballot candidates must collect 815 signatures from registered Paterson voters.Voters may only sign one mayoral candidate’s petition and can sign the petitions of up to three council candidates.

Completed petitions must be turned into the City Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.