Races For Paterson Mayor and Council Officially Get Underway

City Clerk Sonia Gordon explains the petition process to Councilman Andre Sayegh who has announced his candidacy for Mayor. Credits: Steve Lenox
Dr. Lilisa Mimms is among three candidates running for City Council At Large that arrived to pick up petitions before 9:00 a.m. Credits: Steve Lenox
Justin Rucker signing for his petitions to run for one of three At-Large seats on the Paterson City Council. After much consideration Rucker announced on Sunday that he was suspending his campaign Credits: Steve Lenox
First time candidate Fatima Bell will have petitions in hand when she officially kicks off her campaign Saturday night Credits: Steve Lenox
Graciela Rodriguez picked up petitions on behalf of her husband, Pedro Rodriguez who has announced his candidacy for Mayor. Credits: Steve Lenox

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.

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