Plainfield’s main political parties reorganize after the primary on alternate years, and for 2018 it was the GOP’s turn. William Michelson was again named chairman for a two-year term, and George Gore will serve as vice-chairman.
The committee saw a 25 percent increase, from eight members to ten, thanks to several write-ins. Only Michelson and Louise Colodne, representing Ward 2, District 8, were on the June 5 ballot. Write-ins included Richard Loosli and Thelma M Pleites, representing Ward 1, District 1; John Campbell and Wilma Campbell for Ward 2, District 6; David Talcott for Ward 2, District 7; Randolph Bullock and Cheryl Bullock, for Ward 3, District 6; and Gore for Ward 3, District 8.
Because Plainfield has 34 voting districts with a male and female seat in each, there are plenty of openings for additional committee members on the Republican city committee.
“Yes, we are actually up from 8 members to 10. Of course we should have 68, same as the Dems!!” Michelson said.
No Republicans filed for municipal elections this year. Registered Republican voters sank to a low of 803 before the 2016 primary, making it to 1,015 by June 2018. (Plainfield registered Democrats in June numbered 15,065.)
“We have no choice but to lay low. The unpopularity of Christie and Trump in New Jersey has to run its course. In most of Union County, we are ignored. It is now about 15 years that I am the only Republican in City Hall,” Michelson said.
“What is interesting is the gradual appearance of new scattered R's on the voter rolls - though I don't get the latest books for a few weeks yet. They are Latino, but I don't know them, or if their English or desire to get involved is good enough to approach. Anyone, Latino, black or white who wants to join us should go for it, and contact me at email@example.com or 908-889-5200,” he said.