Despite Failing to Pick Off Sayegh, Torres Appears to Gain Two Council Allies


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