Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GOP, the Party of Not Very Many in Plainfield

Local political parties organize on alternate years, and in 2014 it's the Republicans' turn.

According to Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi's list online, only 15 people out of a possible 68 filed for seats on the Plainfield Republican committee. In 2008, there were 1,118 registered Republicans in Plainfield, but as of May 2014 there are only 868.

By contrast, there are 13,105 registered Democrats and 8,073 unaffiliated voters.

No one filed to run for a Republican committee seat in the First Ward. The Second Ward had nine filers, the Third Ward had five and the Fourth Ward had one.

Still, the party managed to file City Council candidates in two races this year. Randy Bullock is running for the Second & Third Ward at-large seat and Charles A. Jones Jr. is running for the unexpired Third Ward seat. Being uncontested in the June 3 primary, they will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot along with Democratic primary winners and any independents who file on June 3.

The local Republicans will reorganize on June 9, selecting a chairman and other officers for two-year terms.



  1. Donna Vose, Frank Meeks, Jon Bramnick and yes Bob Farraro ... wish they were back.

  2. Does this mean there are 22,046 registered voters out of about 50,000 residents?

  3. Yes, but don't forget, according to the 2010 Census, 25.8 percent are under 18. There may be reasons why others are not eligible to vote. It does not mean there are 50,000 eligible voters.

    1. Yup. And residents does not mean citizens. There are people who are on green cards, etc etc who count legally as residents but can not vote. Considering only American citizens of voting age narrows the pool. Add to that the people on parole and probation who cannot register to vote.

      David Rutherford