Stop Unqualified Candidate Alex Cruz
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Tell City Clerk Sonia Gordon that all residents of Paterson have a voice and a choice! Superintendent of Elections has completed an independent investigation stating that Alex Cruz is unfit to run for Mayor. He just doesn't live in Paterson. No one is above the law. Tell Sonia Gordon to stop supporting an unfit candidate and help get his name off the Ballot. Sign our petition today.
Paterson City Clerk
155 Market Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Dear Ms. Gordon:
We are resident of Paterson. We are aware that on or before the filing deadline, Alex Cruz submitted petitions to run for the office of Mayor in the May 8th municipal non-partisan election. Please accept this letter as my objection to the petitions filed by Mr. Cruz, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:13-10. This objection is authorized by law and timely filed pursuant to that statute.
The basis for my objection is that Mr. Cruz has not been a resident of the City of Paterson for a period of one (1) year prior to the May 8th election, as required by N.J.S.A 40A:9-1.13, and may not be a bona fide resident of Paterson at all. N.J.S.A. 40A:9-1.13 reads:
…no person shall, on or after the effective date of this act, be eligible to become a Candidate for any local elective office, or to be appointed to any local elective office, unless he is registered to vote in the local unit to which the office pertains, and has been a resident of that local unit for at least 1 year immediately prior to the date upon which the election for the office is to be held, or prior to the date upon which the appointment is made, as the case may be.
N.J.S.A 40A:9-12 more generally provides that no person shall be candidate for or hold any local elective office unless he is a resident of the local unit to which the office pertains. It is my contention that Mr. Cruz violates one or both of the aforementioned statutes, and filed his petitions and affidavit of residency knowing this was the case, meaning his submission was not made in good faith. My basis for this contention that Mr. Cruz was a resident of the Township of Little Falls, New Jersey, more specifically, 41 Wilmore Road, and that within the last year, if not currently, that address was his true, fixed permanent home and principal establishment. It is undisputed, and widely reported in the news media, that prior to November 2017, Mr. Cruz voted in Little Falls 14 times since 2007 at the same he claimed he had been a lifelong Paterson resident. I am further aware from published reports that the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections has advised you of Mr. Cruz’s residency issues but neither you nor any other City official have yet taken any action with respect to this matter. Mr. Cruz, according to public records (see attached), remains the owner of 41 Wilmore Road and my own investigation has determined that currently, there is even a lawn plaque on the property that has his family name on it.
I raise this objection because the public interest demands that a candidate for the Mayor of Paterson have the proper ties to the community required to effectively serve in that high office. I trust you will abide by the official inquiry within the time frame established by law and determine that Mr. Cruz’s petitions cannot be accepted.
Very truly yours,
Yanet Iturralde Santana, Albelicia Cruz, and the following petition participants
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