Abdelaziz reflects on Paterson’s 6th Ward election | Paterson Times

Abdelaziz reflects on Paterson’s 6th Ward election


Now that the long campaign for City Council is over, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what this campaign meant to me personally and as a candidate and to thank the voters for their participation.

It’s easy to judge a campaign by the final tally on Election Day and it’s easy to think of it in terms of winners and losers. But any campaign is much more than that, and there are many other victories within to be celebrated and for which to be thankful.

In my 6th Ward council campaign, 1,200 people came out and voted for me, more than many other challengers, and I am both humbled and grateful. I thank them all for their support and faith in me.

We registered hundreds of new voters and engaged new people in the political process of our city.

I met thousands of residents and forged meaningful relationships with many of them. Voter turnout in the 6th Ward was higher than four years ago, and that’s due to the two campaigns’ commitment to involving the residents in their electoral process. And I learned a lot about my ward, city, and myself through the experience of being a candidate for Council, and that is more valuable to me than any final tally.

I congratulate Councilman Sayegh on his hard-fought win, as well as the other winners, but I also congratulate all the candidates who ran. It’s not easy to put yourself on the front lines of Paterson’s tumultuous political scene, but there will always be a level of respect that I have for those willing to fight for what they believe in.

I pledge to keep on working in whatever capacity I can to improve the 6th Ward and our city.  This is just one election; my message and my commitment to fostering new energy in our civic life will continue long into the future.

This is just the beginning for me and I will continue to go forward, just as I will continue to do my part to make our city a better place to live.

The fight to make a brighter future for Paterson goes on long after Election Day – now that the dust has settled, let’s get to work.

Al Abdelaziz
Former 6th Ward candidate and planning board member

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    LESSON , DONT HAVE jOEY campaign for you

  • Eliezer Martinez

    You sound Ike a very intelligent young man . I don't think your opposition candidate can be this eloquent . I foresee a great future for you. Joey made the right choice . Wether it helped , or heart, is not for me to judge . Here's my personal opinion on the current circumstances in the city : Inasmuch as the mayor may be at a crossroad in his political career, there's not a leader in the city prepared to do better than him .

  • Ahmed

    Al is a fine young man. He has a political future. I will give him some advice on politics 101.

    * Distance yourself from Joey. He cost you this election.
    * When caught redhanded, admit it and move on.
    * Do everything you can, day and night, to make South Paterson a more livable and family friendly place.
    * Don't let politics adversely impact critical relationship needed to make change.
    * Don't pal around with jerkoff Joey. His days are numbered.

    Follow these five milestones on your road to political office and you will do well.