PLAINFIELD, NJ - Monday, April 3, was the deadline to file as a candidate for the primary election in Plainfield for both Democrats and Republicans.
The city's Municipal Clerk, Abubakar Jalloh, announced the slates, with four-year terms for Mayor and Fourth Ward City Council seats, and an unexpired term for City Council Second & Third Wards at-large.
Incumbent Adrian Mapp’s “One Plainfield – One Future” slate includes Joylette Mills-Ransome for the Second & Third Ward, with Steve Hockaday running in the Fourth Ward.
Councilwoman Bridget Rivers has thrown her hat in the ring to run for Mayor, and her running mate for the Second & Third Ward Ward City Council seat is Alma Blanco.
Another entry into the Mayoral race is Dr. Henirlynn Davis Ibezim. His slate, running under the slogan “Bringing the World to Plainfield,” includes Cameron Cox for Second & Third Ward City Council and former Councilman Elliott Simmons in the Fourth Ward.
In online searches, one can only find a personal Facebook page for Dr. Ibezim's campaign, rather than an official candidate one for “The Democratic Party Unity Candidates.” An effort to learn more ended with a broken website link.
Rev. Tracey Brown, a former Plainfield City Council member, is running under the slogan “Plainfield Democratic Organization” and is joined by Second & Third Ward City Council running mate Ellen Carter Haygood, who was mistakenly omitted from the city’s original communication. Terri Briggs joins them, and is running to represent the Fourth Ward.
A municipal petition had been submitted by former Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and her running mate, Erica Brown, for Union County Freeholders.
When asked for comment on Monday evening, Jalloh stated his office cannot accept petitions for county candidates, but will be forwarding them to the County Clerk.
On Tuesday, April 4, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi responded to TAPinto Plainfield’s inquiry by confirming the paperwork had not been received in time. She said, “All petitions for county office are filed with the County Clerk. The statutory deadline was yesterday at 4 pm.”