Rev. Tracey Brown is combining a birthday celebration with the launch of her re-election campaign for the citywide at-large council seat.
A fundraiser event at the Gumbo House & Grill is scheduled for Dec. 20, according to a flyer on Facebook.
The filing date for the June 7 primary is April 4, as noted on the state Division of Elections 2016 timetable.
Many of us are already tired of the presidential campaigns, but even for a municipal campaign, an early start on fundraising and organizing is warranted.
In 2016, two City Council seats are up for election, the citywide at-large seat representing all four wards and the Third Ward seat currently held by Councilwoman Gloria Taylor.
The 2016 election season will be the first for Mayor Adrian O. Mapp as Plainfield Democratic City Committee Chairman to back candidates in the June primary. The chairman usually announces the party's choice for the Democratic line about a week before the filing date.
In Plainfield, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 16 to 1, a primary win is considered tantamount to victory in November. Turnout is expected to be much higher in 2016, a presidential election year, than the the 18 percent turnout in November 2015.
Independents can also file on June 7 for the November election, but they better have also been raising funds and organizing for many months earlier in order the stand a chance on Nov. 8. See the General Election timeline here.
Good luck to all who decide to run for office in 2016. It is a weighty decision and the City Council winners will be committing to four years of service.
Looking ahead, in 2017 the Fourth Ward and Mayoral seat will be up for election and then the cycle is Ward One and the Second & Third Ward at-large seat in 2018, Ward Two and the First & Fourth Ward seat in 2019, Third Ward and Citywide at-large in 2020 and so on. Council candidates must reside in the wards they want to represent, which means any voter living here at least one year can run for the citywide seat in 2016.