Council President Bridget Rivers interrupted Tuesday's council meeting at 9:10 p.m. to announce that Eric Jackson had won the Trenton runoff election for mayor.
Jackson came to Plainfield in September 2011 and almost instantly won a following for his professional demeanor and genial personality. As director of the Department of Public Works & Urban Development, he oversaw renovations at City Hall to create a "clean, uncluttered look" more befitting the Queen City than the previous decor.
He and Public Works Superintendent John Louise also gave a new look to the exterior and grounds of City Hall.
After the June 2013 primary in Plainfield, a new administration was in the city's future and Plaintalker was among those who hoped the next mayor would keep Jackson in the cabinet. Mayor Adrian O. Mapp did just that.
Jackson began an unpaid leave in March, just before the Trenton filing date. He was one of six candidates and in the May nonpartisan election he did not achieve the required 50 percent for a win. He then faced Paul Perez in the June 10 runoff and received 55 percent of the votes.
If as expected he leaves the city to be mayor of his hometown, it will be a reversal of Plaintalker's 2011 commentary that called Trenton's loss Plainfield's gain. We wish him all the best.