Paul Perez mayor an­nounce­ment shocks no one

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - L.A. Parker Colum­nist L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist.


Won­der what Paul Perez in­tends to dis­cuss tonight dur­ing a 6 p.m. event in­side a St. Mary Cathe­dral gym­na­sium.

Noth­ing like cal­cu­lated spon­tane­ity to buzz kill a po­lit­i­cal an­nounce­ment. Perez did not ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion for peo­ple to join him, leave the com­fort of their couches for a brisk walk into the brisk night, to say he’s not run­ning.

Ob­serv­ing this Perez po­lit­i­cal strip tease has left noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion as ev­ery­one knows this script.

Perez will add his name to the small list of may­oral can­di­dates which in­cludes Coun­cil­man Alex Bethea.

This is not that fate­ful night when Ger­aldo Rivera opened up Al Capone’s vault and found noth­ing.

Perez faces no Lady or Tiger mo­ment. This is easy peasy po­lit­i­cal theater with just one end­ing. Perez, in the Cathe­dral gym­na­sium, as a may­oral can­di­date.

The only sus­pense re­main­ing for Perez in­volves who may ac­com­pany him tonight. Perez needs a slate, in­roads to black vot­ing blocks and he gets there by align­ing with other po­lit­i­cal fig­ures.

Perez ran an in­ex­pe­ri­enced but com­pet­i­tive cam­paign dur­ing his first po­lit­i­cal foray but he can en­hance his chances for vic­tory by con­struct­ing a di­verse slate of run­ning mates for city coun­cil seats.

In­cum­bent Mayor Eric Jack­son will an­nounce his re­elec­tion plans dur­ing the first week of De­cem­ber.

Dar­ren “Free­dom” Green, a well-versed com­mu­nity ac­tivist, holds the po­lit­i­cal sus­pense card.

Green could wait out all chal­lengers and de­liver a com­ing out cam­paign that at­tracts dis­con­nected vot­ers.

Ap­prox­i­mately 38,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers ex­ist in Tren­ton al­though just 11,000 par­tic­i­pated in the June 2014 runoff elec­tion.

This Perez po­lit­i­cal cam­paign started in June 2014 with a po­lit­i­cal de­feat.


Paul Perez fended off in­quiries about his may­oral in­ten­tions Saturday but showed a North Broad St. prop­erty he pur­chased and ren­o­vated.

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