PATERSON, NJ - 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz continued his push for reelection on Thursday with his submission of 200 signatures on the petitions necessary to formally enter the 2020 races for Paterson City Council.

“Once again, I'm honored to put my name on the ballot to seek re-election for the 6th Ward and humbled by the amount of support I've received over the past year and a half from the residents of the 6th Ward.  We've made a lot of progress in a short period of time, but there's always more that we can accomplish', said Abdelaziz. 'Public service isn't just an election - it's a call to serve our community every day. As I seek re-election to the 6th Ward council seat, I remain committed to working with my council colleagues and with the residents, listening to the community, and tackling the challenges we face with bold thinking and a hands-on approach.”

Abdelaziz has already made history as a member of the city’s legislative body, as the youngest to be appointed in 2018, the first Palestian American to serve in the position, and finally, in November of 2018, when he garnered nearly 80 percent of the vote, one of the highest in Paterson’s history.

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Included in a statement by Abdelaziz announcing his delivery of the petitions was a list of elected officials that have already endorsed him, including Rep. Bill Pascrell, Mayor Andre Sayegh, and Council President Martiza Davilla. Also included in those endorsing Abdelaziz were: Senator Nellie Pou, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, Assemblyowoman Shavonda Sumter, Councilman Flavio Rivera, Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms, Councilwoman Ruby Cotton, Sheriff Richard Berdnik, Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzarra, Freeholder TJ Best, Freeholder Bruce James, Freeholder Assad Akhter, Freeholder John  Bartlett, Freeholder Terry Duffy, Freeholder Pat Lepore, and Paterson Board of Education Members Manny Martinez, Commissioner Vince Arrington, Commissioner Oshin Castillo, Commissioner Joel Ramirez.

“Al Abldelaziz has served the 6th Ward with distinction as councilman over the past two years, and was a dedicated community leader long before then.  He's a shining example of the future of Paterson, and proof that Paterson's best days lie ahead,” Pascrell said, with Pou adding that the councilman “has been a consistent friend to all the communities that live in the 6th Ward, and he's been a strong advocate for the residents, both as a councilman and a community leader. I fully support Al's re-election.”

Sayegh, who held the same seat for eight years before being elected mayor in 2018 referred to Abdelaziz as a “friend” and said that he has “proven his skills and abilities as my successor in the 6th Ward.”  

Shoug Mayson has also picked up petitions for the Sixth Ward race.

Candidates can continue to pick up petition packages and have until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9 to submit the required signatures. “If it’s 4:01 I’m going to tell you to turn around,” Clerk Sonia Gordon told one candidate with TAPinto Paterson in earshot.

The number of signatures required varies by ward and is based on population. The most valid signatures, 150, are required in the First Ward while Fifth Ward candidates only need to submit 118 valid signatures.

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