PATERSON – It was an Old West duel, Silk City style.
On the final Sunday before Election Day, a convertible-riding Alex Mendez led a caravan of cars through the streets of Silk City, the mayoral candidate himself upright and visible on full-throated power-projection duty amid merengue strains.
School Board Member Flavio Rivera – a candidate for councilman at-large as part of the Mendez Team – stood beside him.
“Mi familia,” shouted the velvet-voiced Mendez. “Mi familia.”
People waved and called back to him.
But another figure was also out there in the streets.
In a six-candidate field, mayoral candidate Mendez faces a considerable challenge from Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh, who’s coalesced the Democratic Party establishment, pastors, teachers, engineers, laborers, carpenters and symbolic segments of the city.
While Mendez circulated on Sunday, an equally hard-rocking Sayegh partied with electrified Bengalis (below).
Tuesday was Election Day.
Everyone was moving.