Official results for the June 5 primary confirm the Plainfield City Council winners as Ashley Davis in the First Ward and Joylette Mills-Ransome for the Second & Third Ward at-large seat.
Davis garnered 471 votes to 257 for incumbent Councilwoman Diane Toliver, while incumbent Mills-Ransome received 1,218 votes to 818 for Cameron E. Cox, currently the vice-president of the Plainfield Board of Education. The winners will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. No Republicans filed to run in the primary and no Independents filed on June 4, leaving the pair unchallenged.
As in many other New Jersey primary races, the turnout was low. In the First Ward, the total number of Democrats eligible to vote in the primary was 3,576. For the Second and Third wards combined, the total was 8,747.
Regardless of the turnout, Davis and Mills-Ransome will be unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.
A third City Council seat will also be on the November ballot, due to the resignation of Citywide at-large Councilwoman Rebecca Williams to become a Union County freeholder. An appointee will be selected at the June 18 City Council meeting, but that person and any other candidates who file by Sept. 4 may run for the unexpired balance of her term, through Dec. 31, 2020.
Another important filing date for the Nov. 6 general election is July 30, when school board candidates must file for three 3-year seats. There is also an unexpired term, held now by appointee Graziela Lobato-Creekmur. She and any others who file for the seat on July 30 will also be on the Nov. 6 ballot.