PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Democratic City Committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the process for filling the LD-22 vacancy after the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green in April, and potentially for a Union County Freeholder position.
Chairman Adrian O. Mapp led the PDCC meeting, and opened with a moment of silence for Green.
The first item on the evening's agenda, according to Mapp, was to note the need to find someone to fill the vacancy in the 1-6; the vacancy has come about due to Ashley Davis moving to the 1-2.
Mapp then moved on to the process for filling the LD-22 vacancy. He said there were a plethora of reasons for him not wanting to go to Trenton, citing a recent newsletter message, and added that Freeholder Linda Carter would do a better job in that position.
Mapp said a swearing in needs to be completed within thirty-five days of the vacancy; the General Assembly next meets on May 24.
A convention will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School at 7 p.m., with a secret ballot and nominations coming from the floor.
Mapp then introduced Union County Freeholder Linda Carter to the members of the PDCC.
Carter said, "You know, sometimes it's... things happen. When the passing of Asssemblyman Green came around, you know, he was such a huge giant in our community. Someone who really fought for those that were less fortunate. But he fought for everyone. He fought for Plainfield, he fought for those in legislative district 22."
Carter said Green's passing has left a hole.
She added, "I was approached, I'm very elated, and I want to thank the Chairman for the opportunity to step up and to fill that vacancy at this point in time."
"Legislatively, we want to make sure that Plainfield is represented, but also, all of our municipalities in LD-22 are represented. We want to make sure that we're fighting for the same values that democrats believe in, and we're also making sure that the legislation is put forth that will, you know what, continue to have us grow and prosper."
Carter continued, saying, "Working with Assemblyman Kennedy, working with Senator Scutari, I feel as if, this as a team, we will be able to represent LD-22 moving forward in a manner that Assemblyman Green was doing it and would have continued to have done it."
After Carter finished speaking, Mapp asked the PDCC to voice their support.
Chairman Mapp said that the replacement of Carter's Freeholder position, if she were to win the Assembly seat, would require a convention. "This time, a county convention that would bring together all 21 municipalities in Union County."
He added, "The law requires for there to be a secret ballot, and also that nominations would come from the floor."
Mapp said, "There are nine Freeholders, and it is my position that Plainfield must have a Freeholder. So we will recommend a person to replace Freeholder Carter.
"Now there are some people that have already expressed interest in being the replacement." Councilwoman Rebecca Williams is one, and Councilman Cory Storch is another. Mapp said he hasn't endorsed anyone at this point in time.
"I've made a decision to appoint a three-member committee to screen interested candidates." Nancy Jordan will be the Chair of the committee, and she will be joined by Bobby Gregory, who recently hosted a fundraiser for Davis, and Ricky Hunt, the husband of Mapp's chief of staff.
The committee will make a recommendation to Mapp.
After the processes to fill open seats were outlined, Mapp invited Ashley Davis, running for the First Ward City Council seat, and Joylette Mills-Ransome, running to continue as 2nd & 3rd Ward Councilwoman-at-Large.
Davis said she is looking for people to help her make phone calls, and to walk with her as she meets residents.
Mills-Ransome began by thanking those who have been working tirelessly on her behalf. She said, "You know I have an opponent, and it's interesting that it was the same opponent that I had last year."
The PDCC will hold a campaign rally on Saturday, May 12.
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