PLAINFIELD, NJ - The League of Women Voters of Plainfield has announced its plans to host a Candidates Forum prior to the primary election on June 6th, and has contacted the eligible candidates to invite them to participate.

Each candidate must submit a biography and provide answers to questions asked by the League for publication in advance of the forum.  Any candidate who agrees to take part and later finds out that he or she will not be able to attend may submit an opening statement of the same length afforded the other candidates.  The absent candidate's statement will be read by a member of the Plainfield LWV immediately following the opening statements of the candidates who are in attendance.

The League of Women Voters of Plainfield will provide the candidates' biographies and responses to the questions posed by the LWV in advance for the public's review, and this information will be made available on the website. 

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Candidates invited include:

REGULAR DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION OF UNION COUNTY

  • Mayor, Four-year term: Adrian O. Mapp*
  • City Council, Second & Third Wards Unexpired Term: Joylette E. Mills-Ransome*
  • Fourth Ward, Four-year term: Steve Hockaday

DEMOCRATIC PARTY UNITY CANDIDATES
  • Mayor, Four-year term: Dr. Henrilynn Davis Ibezim
  • City Council, Second & Third Wards Unexpired Term: Cameron E. Cox
  • Fourth Ward, Four-year term: Elliott Simmons

DEMOCRATS OF PLAINFIELD
  • Mayor, Four-year term: Bridget Rivers
  • City Council, Second & Third Wards Unexpired Term: Alma Blanco
 
PLAINFIELD DEMOCRATS FOR CHANGE
  • Mayor, Four-year term: Tracey L. Brown
  • Fourth Ward, Four-year term: Terri Briggs

*Denotes incumbent

In addition to the LWV's forum, the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Central Jersey hosted the first in its three-part voter education workshoppdf on Wednesday evening.  The NPHCCJ’s Social Action Committee’s purpose is to engage and increase voter registration among the general population, especially Millennials, women, seniors, LGBTQ, and immigrants; additionally, to increase information about the voting process, polling locations, candidates and deadlines. 

The evening's panel included:

  • Alma Blanco, who is running for City Council, Second & Third Wards, outlined the steps one takes in order to run for office, and stressed that a candidate should never forget to thank the volunteers.
  • John Campbell, Jr., who spoke about how to involve Millennials, and the importance of talking to them about issues, like job creation, student loan debt, and entrepreneurship, that are important specifically to them.  He said many Millenials are unaffiliated and less concerned with party; rather, they are more focused on issues.  He also noted that when you talk to a person’s wallet, that person is more inclined to participate in the electoral process.
  • Reggie Johnson, the President of the NAACP Metuchen-Edison Branch that serves Central Jersey, who pointed out that the NAACP issues a report cardpdf on Senators and Congress representatives that is used to educate constituents.  
  • Rebecca Williams, Council President-at-Large, who spoke as a representative for the League of Women Voters of Plainfield, noting that the group does outreach for voter registration and education, studies issues, and advocates for voters’ rights.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Central Jersey will be rescheduling its second session, Gubernatorial Candidacy Social Justice, originally slated for the same night as the LWV Candidates Forum.

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The LWV Candidates Forum will take place on Wednesday, May 31st at Emerson School, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The school is located at 305 Emerson Avenue.

Plainfield's primary election will take place on Tuesday, June 6th.