PATERSON – The clerk opened the door this morning to those candidates in next year's municipal electionsintent on picking up petitions.
So far, as of 11 a.m., Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh is the only prospective mayoral candidatewho hasobtained petitions at City Hall.
Sayeghwill formally launch his candidacy this evening at St. Anthony's Gym.
At-Large CouncilmanKen Morris, Jr., has also picked up petitionsin pursuit of another four years as an at-large councilman.
"No promises, just results," said Morris, the former council president, who wants a third term.
In addition to Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres, others expected to gather paperwork to run for the city's top position in 2010 include Council President Jeffrey Jones, former Police Chief Larry Spagnola andMinister Kathy Kuykendall.
Fourth Ward Councilwoman VeraAmes, who pursued the mayor's seat in 2006,told PolitickerNJ.comshe won't run.
At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez remains a question mark.
By entering the race, the Dominican American would either divide the Latino vote and increase the veteran Jones's chances of winning, or flex the power base of the Dominican community with other alliances.
The imminent presence of Sayegh in the contest, however, deprives Rodriguez of some youth power.
A former School Board president who runs a coalition of citywide services, the 35-year old Sayegh would be the youngest candidate in the race ofthose mentioned.
By the end of the day, Wilkin Santana, a teacher who lives in the 4th Ward and who challenged and lost to Ames in 2008,obtained petitions to run for an at-large seat.