While Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres could not rid himself of Andre Sayegh, he appeared on Tuesday night to have backed newcomer candidates who won seats in Wards 2 and 5, which enabled Torres to win a majority of allies on the nine-member city council.
In Ward 2, challenger Shahin Khalique unofficially won, as did Luis Velez in Ward 5.
Khalique unofficially defeated Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman; while Velez beat Wendy Guzman for a seat vacated by retiring Torres headache Julio Tavarez.
Other Ward by Ward winners tonight:
One: Incumbent Councilman Mike Jackson
Three: Incumbent Councilman Bill McCoy
Four: Incumbent Councilwoman Ruby Cotton
Six: Incumbent Councilman Sayegh