PLAINFIELD, NJ - Nine residents filed Monday for three three-year seats on the Plainfield Board of Education, and three more filed for a one-year unexpired term, including the former member who was removed from office in March for missing four meetings.
Candidates who met a 4 p.m. deadline to file petitions for the three full terms are incumbents Richard Wyatt, John C. Campbell and Emily E. Morgan, to succeed themselves; previous school board candidates Timothy A. Priano and Harry M. Watson Jr.; Alma Blanco, who ran several times for municipal office; former board member David Graves; and new candidates Rebecca Perkins and Melba Mullins.
Those seeking the one-year unexpired term are Eric Andrews, Tera L. Phipps and Dorien Hurtt.
Hurtt previously served on the board for a full term, but was removed from a second term in March 2018 for missing four consecutive meetings. Andrews, Perkins, and Priano had all applied to serve the unexpired balance of the term, but in May the board chose Graziela Lobato-Creekmur as appointee. Phipps ran for a school board seat in 2017.
All four seats will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Candidates’ forums traditionally have been held by the Plainfield League of Women Voters and the Plainfield Area NAACP before the election.