At-Large Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms is taking a hard look at a mayoral run next year.
First elected to the city council in 2018, Mimms has the advantage of a citywide win behind her.
The trouble is, just like Alex Mendez in 2018, she would have to give up her at-large seat in order to take a shot at the mayor’s seat.
It’s a problem.
She’s in the process of figuring it out right now.
“The residents of Paterson have approached me for months and I’m officially starting dialogue to determine whether I’m running for mayor or reelection for councilwoman at-large in May 2022,” Mimms told InsiderNJ.
Mendez lost his mayoral run for years ago, then bounced back with a messy third ward council win to set himself up for a rematch with incumbent Mayor Andre Sayegh.
Sayegh hasn’t formally kicked off his reelection bid but gives every sign of going again.
If Mimms decides to run for mayor she would presumably be the only challenger who doesn’t automatically trigger the adjective “embattled” in front of her name.
Mendez is fighting election fraud charges.
So is First Ward Councilman Mike Jackson, another councilman in the citywide hunt.
Then there’s former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, who actually did time for corruption and now wants a public crack at redemption