PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s City Council chose Elton Armady Monday as appointee to the citywide at-large seat vacated by Rebecca Williams, now a Union County freeholder. He was sworn in by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp with his mother Carol, father Chiddy, and twin sister Becky at his side.
Armady will have to run in the November general election for the balance of the term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020. Challengers will have to file by Sept. 4 to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Armady, Alma Blanco and William “Tony” Contreras were the three nominees from the Plainfield Democratic City Committee. Blanco campaigned on social media for the seat, saying she would be the first Latina to serve on the council. In public comment Monday, she congratulated Armady and said she looked forward to working with the mayor and council. Before the vote for Armady, Councilman Cory Storch said he had to vote “no” because he supported Contreras, a Latino, for the seat.
With the 5-1 approval of Armady, votes were not necessary on resolutions for Blanco and Contreras.
Before the June 12 PDCC meeting, blogger Dan Damon published statements from all three. Armady’s described his Nigerian heritage and family history, his service as a legislative aide to the late Assemblyman Jerry Green, who was also chairman of the Union County Democratic Party, and his goals for service if chosen.
“As a 32-year-old millennial candidate, I pledge to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the council if I’m appointed,” Armady wrote.
Although he abstained on voting Monday as is customary for a new appointee, Armady can fully take part in the next meeting, a combined agenda-fixing and regular meeting on July 9.