Former mayors Jeffery Jones and Jose “Joey” Torres have picked up petitions to challenge incumbent Andre Sayegh in next year’s mayoral race.
Jones and Torres are among eight potential mayoral candidates for the May 2022 election. They will need to produce nearly 870 valid signatures by early March to get on the ballot next year.
Others are community improvement director David Gilmore, indicted council members Alex Mendez and Michael Jackson, Daniel Burgos Mejia, and councilman Luis Velez.
Jones’ four years in office is widely viewed as a failure. Torres was convicted for stealing from taxpayers. Mendez and Jackson have been indicted for election fraud.
More candidates are likely to emerge as the race gets underway. The petition process opened on Thursday morning.