Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Appointee Selection Kicks Off 2017 Political Fray

Tonight the Democratic City Committee will meet to come up with three possible appointees to replace Rebecca Williams, who vacated the Second & Third Ward at-large seat on the City Council at assume the Citywide at-large seat that she won in the November general election.

According to Dan, the meeting is 7 p.m. at Democratic headquarters, 31 Watchung Avenue.

The council must select one of the three, and that person will have to run in June in order to be on the November 7 ballot for the balance of the unexpired term, to Dec. 31, 2018. If the appointee doesn't win, the general election winner takes the seat in November.

As Dr. Yood noted, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will enjoy a majority of likely supporters in 2017, with the addition of Charles McRae as the Third Ward representative. However, his team will have to also secure a majority of seats on the Democratic City Committee in June if Mapp is to retain chairmanship of the committee. That decision takes place on the Monday after the June 6 primary, at which the 68 committee seats will be on the ballot.

Mapp has already declared a run for re-election. The two local contests will be for mayor and the Fourth Ward City Council seat. Democratic and Republican candidates must file for the June 6 primary on April 3. Independent candidates must file on June 6 to run in the Nov. 7 general election.

If Facebook comments are any indication, 2017 will be a very competitive year locally. The rhetoric is already in full effect. Both voters and candidates will have to be on alert for misinformation. Politics is a blood sport in Plainfield, so get ready.


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