The first of a series of City Hall debates involving at-large council candidates took an “odd” turn on Wednesday afternoon with all of the candidates declining to question their opponents.
Juan ‘Mitch’ Santiago, who served three terms on the school board, has grown tired of the corruption in the Silk City, forcing him to return to politics. He is running a campaign as a “clean cut” politician promising to ensure basic services are provided to residents.
Councilman Alex Mendez landed the top spot on the mayoral section while Zellie Thomas is number one on the council at-large portion of the May municipal election ballot. Both men received the top spots following a lottery at City Hall on Monday morning.
The three available at-large council seats attracted 15 candidates on Monday afternoon. Of the three at-large seats only one is being defended.
Former longtime councilman Aslon Goow threw his hat in the ring for one of the three available at-large council seats this week.
Former councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman kicked off his campaign for an at-large seat before hundreds of supporters at St. Gerard Church on Saturday night promising to champion measures to curb crime, halt tax increases, and boost recreation spending.
A leader of the local Black Lives Matter protest movement announced his run for an at-large city council seat on Tuesday afternoon.