Paul Perez mayor announcement shocks no one
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.