Taylor posted on a Facebook page urging people to attend tonight's agenda-fixing session and "next Monday's" meeting (it's actually on Tuesday) to speak out against violence. Referring to a televised speech by Congresswoman Nina Turner, Taylor says:
City Council & Mayor- Community oversight& Community Policing is not happening because we are still playing dirty politics while Plainfield is "burning"-meaning we are getting further & further away from a connected Community-pro people & anti violence. Another shooting today while Children& Families were engaged in organized sports?Come to Council meeting this Monday& next Monday...When is the City Council & Mayor going to use the POWER OF PUBLIC POLICY TO ADDRESS OUR ISSUES IN PLAINFIELD?
A news report on the alleged shooting said an investigation turned up one shell casing but no victims.
Although she is not seeking another term representing the Third Ward, Taylor vows in another post titled "Elect Gloria Taylor Third Ward Councilwoman" that she will continue to work for the community to overcome a climate of "partisan politics."
"There is much work to do. I can better serve, in this climate, by supporting, working within our Community, to connect, problem solve, & work towards real Community," Taylor asserted on Facebook's "The Buzz In and Around Plainfield" link.
Tonight's meeting is 7:30 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. Next Monday is Columbus Day, still a federal, state and city holiday though controversial to many. The regular City Council meeting will therefore be Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in Municipal Court.
The Third Ward contest this year includes Democrat Charles McRae, who defeated Alma Blanco in the June primary to be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs filed on June 7 as an independent for the Third Ward seat, with the slogan, "The People's Candidate." No Republicans filed for City Council seats this year. Councilwoman Rebecca Williams, currently representing the Second & Third Wards at-large, defeated incumbent Citywide at-large Councilwoman Tracey Brown in the June Democratic primary and is now running unopposed on Nov. 8.