PLAINFIELD, NJ - Unofficial results are in for Plainfield for the 2018 General Election, with residents casting their votes for Elton Armady, Joylette Mills-Ransome, and Ashley Davis for City Council seats. The Children First slate swept the race for seats on the school board.
Armady beat out Ronald Johnson, Jr., 7,788 votes to 1,829, in what Mayor Adrian O. Mapp called a failed experiment for the Council-At-Large seat.
Mills-Ransome was running unopposed for Council-At-Large 2nd & 3rd Wards and received 5,483 votes. Davis, running for the 1st Ward Council seat, was also unopposed, garnering 2,105 votes.
There were nine candidates running for three 3-year term Board of Education seats, and the projected winners are incumbents John Campbell, Richard Wyatt, and Emily Morgan.
- Richard Wyatt: 3,576 votes
- John Campbell: 3,454 votes
- Emily Morgan: 3,143 votes
- Melba Mullins: 1,808 votes
- Harry Watson Jr.: 1,785 votes
- Alma Blanco: 1,707 votes
- Rebecca Perkins: 1,539 votes
- David Graves: 1,453 votes
- Timothy Priano: 1,084 votes
Two candidates were running for a 1-year unexpired term on the school board, and the projected winner is Eric Andrews with 3,411 votes, vs. Dorien Hurtt's 1,621 votes. See unoffical Board of Education results from the City Clerk by Ward.
Mapp said of the the 23,300 registered voters in the city, he estimated a 45% voter turnout that doesn't include vote-by-mail and provisional ballots. "I suspect that when all is said and done that Plainfield will have turned out roughly 48% which is a historic number."
Mapp called the night a bittersweet night. "It is bitter because of that one huge problem that we have in our city - the Board of Education - which continues to fail us each and every day. And yet, despite the efforts of so many, we continue to do the same thing over and over again. And I wish that we could find a way to create a Board of Education that will be willing to set differences aside and work in the interest of the children."
The mayor added, "And so until nine board members sit at that table and create policies and do the right thing by our kids, this city will not experience the level of growth that it so much needs and deserves."