Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and 6th Ward councilman Andre Sayegh, both leading candidates in the past mayoral election, expended roughly the same amount of money during the campaign season, according to post-election campaign reports filed by both men in mid-June.
Jose “Joey” Torres, the city’s first Hispanic mayor, has won a nonconsecutive third term on Tuesday evening, after an intense eight-person battle for the city’s executive seat.
With polls closing in less than an hour city residents expressed dissatisfaction with the current administration, and hope a more capable mayor takes over city hall.
William McKoy, 3rd Ward councilman, is backing Jose “Joey” Torres for mayor in the heavily contested eight-person race set to conclude next week, announced the councilman on Thursday.
Campaigning out on Alabama Avenue on Thursday afternoon Jeffery Jones, incumbent mayor, said during his second term in office, he will shed all the current department heads to appoint new directors.
City council president Andre Sayegh continues to lead in campaign fundraising with $272,789 raised so far during the mayoral race; close behind Sayegh is former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres with $247,854.
“In your estimation, why hasn’t former mayor Torres appointed a Dominican-American to a department head position?” rehashed Andre Sayegh, 6th Ward councilman, during last week’s candidate forum after Maria Teresa Feliciano introduced the issue of scant Dominican representation during Jose “Joey” Torres’ two terms.