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Five people running in Paterson’s 2nd Ward special election


Five people are vying for the 2nd Ward seat on the City Council in the November 3 special election.

The four men and one woman running are:

  • Shahin Khalique
  • Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman
  • Eddie Gonzalez
  • Frank Filippelli
  • Sonia N. Deliz.

The special election was called after a tie between former councilmen Khalique and Akhtaruzzaman in the May election, which was solely vote-by-mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. Khalique had initially won, but after several recounts the race was ruled a tie by election officials.

Khalique’s campaign allegedly engaged in voter fraud during the race in which he was the incumbent. His elder brother, Selim Khalique, and a campaign worker, Abu Razyen, were charged with voter fraud in late June.

Khalique and Razyen have denied the charges.

Khalique, the candidate, has not been accused of any wrongdoing related to the May election.

The tie ruling created a vacancy on the City Council. Council members appointed Gilman Choudhury to represent the 2nd Ward until voters elect a representative for themselves.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

    Under khalique,this ward has never been worse. No police, crime and drugs everywhere, people getting robbed, street lights out, trash all over.Why would anyone vote for him?

    • bigron

      Are you for real? Andre Sayegh is the mayor. Police and DPW are run by the mayor. All your problems are administration none of them legislative. Council is the legislative branch not the executive branch. Your mayor is letting you down.

      • John


      • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

        They are both just as guilty.Do you live in Paterson?

  • John Brown

    Regardless of who wins the second ward losses!

  • John

    Do more mailins so Trump can prove his case AGAIN. DUMMIES FOR PATERSON

  • http://Patersontimes.com Limbaugh

    Khalique and Akhtaruzzaman both stink , politically speaking and they serve only to an specific demographic group.