Even though I made a special reminder for myself to check on primary filings, the distractions of the day won out.
The super missed two previous dates to start repairs for the Jan. 13 water damage in my apartment, so once again I spent many hours moving stuff so could start today. Time passed. The cat napped until he heard someone arriving around 1:15 p.m., and then he went into hiding. The super noticed a suspicious bulge on the kitchen wall over the sink and began knocking out all the plaster. This wasn't even part of the job as discussed previously, though probably necessary. What wasn't necessary was most of my work moving stuff, it turned out, because he was just doing the kitchen today.
I extracted my copy of Bruce Springsteen's book, "Born to Run," from under one of the plastic drop cloths and alternated between reading and making forays outside to rake leaves and sift compost while the repair work proceeded. The work halted before 4 p.m., but I didn't remember the filing deadline until I was sitting in the City Council meeting tonight.
So here I am bringing up the rear with filings.
As expected, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp filed to run for a second term, with Steve Hockaday as running mate for the Fourth Ward seat. Hockaday previously ran for the First & Fourth Wards at-large seat. Mapp's slate includes Joylette Mills-Ransome running for the unexpired Second & Third Ward at-large seat. This slate has the endorsement of Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Jerry Green, who is running for re-election to the District 22 Assembly seat.
Fourth Ward incumbent Bridget Rivers filed to run for mayor with Alma Blanco as her running mate for the unexpired Second & Third Ward at-large term. Blanco ran last year for the Third Ward seat.
Former Councilwoman Tracey Brown filed for mayor, with Terri Briggs as her Fourth Ward running mate.
A surprise slate is headed by Dr. Henrilynn Davis Ibezim for mayor, with former Councilman Elliot Simmons for Fourth Ward and Cameron Cox for the unexpired Second & Third Ward at-large term. This slate has a campaign poster on Facebook with the slogan, "Bringing the world to Plainfield." Ibezim ran for governor of Imo State in Nigeria in 2015, according to another poster on the site.
The primary is June 6. Winners of the three contests - mayor, Fourth Ward and the unexpired term - will be on the Nov. 7 ballot along with any independents who file on June 6.