Two men are running for mayor Andre Sayegh’s old seat in the 6th Ward, according to the City Clerk’s Office.
Incumbent Al Abdelaziz and newcomer Jeyss A. Abreu will battle for the City Council seat in November.
“I’m going to continue working hard for the residents of 6th Ward,” said Abdelaziz, who was appointed to the seat in July. “I take nothing for granted.”
Abdelaziz works as supervisor of athletics at the Passaic City school district.
Abreu did not respond to a call for comment.
The phone number he provided to the City Clerk’s Office is connected to a heating and air conditioning repair company in East Newark called Abreu Air.
Abreu worked for former councilman Alex Mendez’s campaign during the mayoral race. Abdelaziz played a key role in Sayegh’s landslide mayoral win.
Six people picked up petitions to run for the seat.
One of them was municipal inspector Jesus Castro.
“I felt intimidated by the political powers that be,” said Castro. He has been questioned by investigators from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office over a racist flyer that circulated in the mayoral race in May.
Castro has denied having anything to do with the flyer.
The residents of 6th Ward will decide whether to keep Abdelaziz or go with Abreu on Nov. 6, 2018.
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