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.