Mimms to Pursue Passaic County Freeholder Seat


At-large Paterson Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms – in anticipation of the possibility of a vacancy – this week sent a letter to the Passaic County Democratic Committee in pursuit of a Passaic County Freeholder nomination.

A pastor, former vice chair of the city planning board, and a 2018 at-large winner who raised over $60,000 for her campaign, Mimms wants to screen with the Democratic County Committee for a Passaic County Freeholder seat this year.

“My prayer is that Paterson gets the best representation possible and I want to be part of the solution,” said Mimms.

Her letter landed amid the prospect of a changing political season countywide, as there is continuing and growing speculation around the imminent absence of an incumbent.

Democratic Freeholder Bruce James and Freeholder T.J. Best are both up for reelection this year, and Best’s 2020 intentions remain unknown. At this point, while Best has not confirmed, several Passaic County insiders see him not coming back this year. The onetime Bill Pascrell aide and Democratic Committee member who served as a party delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention is said to be ready to move on to other opportunities. His name also continues to circulate as a possible 2022 challenger to Sayegh.

In the lead-up to the holidays, InsiderNJ asked the freeholder about a future citywide run.

“I haven’t taken anything off of the table,” Best said.

In the meantime, others are mobilizing for the seat, including Mimms, Paterson Planning Board Member Wayne Witherspoon, and Rodney DeVore, an aide to Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter.

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    Just like Hector Lora, now a puppy for the Democratic Party and their anti-christians policies, she’s just another failed Christian, putting her own lust for power over the needs of Christ and his people. She’s an allegedly a “pastor” like Lora.
    You have a Islamic Paterson mayor pretending to be a Christian but pushing his people in every part of government but she does nothing to show even good-will in her faith.
    The reason I call BS on them? So they won’t be fooled that everyone is buying they are honest and truthful as Christians.
    They are there for themselves not to represent the Christians, however they do represent other Faith’s very well, hypocrisy.
    The Democrats are probably looking for another ‘seat-filler.’
    If Peter Murphy the GOP chairman can get his act together and start picking people a year in advance and getting Paterson acquainted with them and how they can change that city, maybe they can win some seats and get in there to fix the mess, plus, no more anti- Christian policies but that’s just me thinking out loud.

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