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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.