At-Large Paterson Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms ran against 3rd Ward Councilman Bill McKoy in 2016. The Paterson Times chronicled her kickoff thus:
“Mr. Bill McKoy you are officially stamped expired,” roared Mimms inside a room packed with approximately 200 supporters at the Bonfire Mofongo House as the projector screen behind her switched to a picture of the incumbent councilman with the word “expired” in red letters stamped on his image. “When something is expired that means it’s time to be taken off the shelf. It’s time to be taken out of the seat.”
A lot’s changed in four years. Having lost that 3rd Ward race, Mimms won an at-large seat in 2018.
That same year, At-Large Councilman Alex Mendez gave up his seat to run an unsucccessful campaign for mayor.
Mimms this year backs the reelection of old rival McKoy.
But the comebacking Mendez is intent on reminding 3rd Ward voters how she felt about the councilman in 2016.
Challenging McKoy for his 3rd Ward seat, the former citywide councilman is using Mimms’ words against her endorsed candidate in a video circulated by his allies.
“They’re using it as a low blow,” McKoy told InsiderNJ. “She’s since apologized. I beat her four years ago. I beat Mendez in 2012, and I will beat him again.
“It’s a sharp knife,” the councilman added of the video. “The voters rejected her. I beat her soundly. We’ve since sat down and that’s irrelvant now.”
He noted how his own rivalry with Mayor Andre Sayegh changed after the 2018 election when he became an ally of the man who defeated him the mayor’s race, who now backs his reelection against Mendez.
Politics, in fact, changes things.