Trenton Voters Ready for Mayoral Runoff Election

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Both candidates for mayor of Trenton are pledging to restore dignity to the city government after the last man elected to the post was convicted of federal corruption charges.

Paul Perez and Eric Jackson were the top two vote-getters from a field of six candidates in last month’s nonpartisan city election. But since neither one captured more than half the vote, they are on the ballot again in Tuesday’s runoff election in the city of 84,000.

It will be the third election in the city in four weeks. Besides last month’s election, there were partisan primaries for several offices, including a contested Democratic congressional primary for an open seat.

Perez, the top vote-getter last month, is seeking to become Trenton’s first Latino mayor and is running as an outsider. He grew up in the city but has spent most of the last three decades away. He and his wife sold their Alexandria, Va., house last month and expect to close this month on a house in Trenton.

Jackson, 55, served as the city’s director of public works and is touting his experience in a variety of municipal government jobs.