Nominees to fill the Second and Third Wards at-large vacancy are Michael Pyne, Inez Durham and Joylette Mills-Ransome.
The Democratic City Committee voted on the three as a slate tonight (Wednesday) and the City Council is expected to choose one at the Jan. 9 annual reorganization meeting, 7 p.m. in Municipal Court. If for any reason the governing body does not pick one, the choice reverts to Mayor Adrian O. Mapp in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic City Committee.
The appointee will serve until the next general election and if a winner then, will serve the balance of the term to Dec. 31, 2018. Challengers for the seat may run in the June primary or file as independents on June 6 to run in November.
Pyne is a longtime member and past president of the Plainfield chapter of Frontiers International, an African-American community service organization that presents the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day breakfast and program. He has also served on the Citizens School Budget Advisory Committee and the city's Citizens Advisory Committee that recommends awardees for Community Development Block Grant funding.
Durham, a psychologist, was a 2016 Living Legacy Honoree of the Central Jersey Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.She served on the school board and is treasurer of the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees.
Mills-Ransome is retired from the Newark Public Schools system and has served as a school board member. She is active with the Plainfield League of Women Voters, among other civic roles.