Former councilman Gilman Choudhury, who represented the 2nd Ward for four months last year, is mulling a run for an at-large City Council seat in next year’s municipal election.
Choudhury said he is creating an exploratory committee to determine whether to run next year. Three at-large City Council seats will be up for grabs in May 2022.
“During my time as the 2nd Ward Councilman, I fought to stabilize taxes, and enact legislation that benefits the residents. It is my desire to continue my public service and work with my colleagues to create a Paterson that will make us proud,” said Choudhury in a statement. “The next phase will be for the voters to determine if I am worthy of representing them.”
Choudhury plans to do a “listening tour” to hear from residents.
The City Council previously appointed Choudhury to fill the vacant 2nd Ward seat after a tie election.
Choudhury’s votes during his brief tenure mostly aligned with mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration.
Choudhury works as director of full service outreach & special projects at the Paterson school district for approximately $104,000. He also serves as councilman Al Abdelaziz’s legislative aide for $25,000, according to public records.
“I pledge that whatever the outcome, I will continue working towards supporting the flourishing of our communities, the protection of our youth and seniors, and greater access to opportunities for all,” Choudhury said.