PLAINFIELD, NJ - The field of candidates for Plainfield Board of Education seats up in the November 5 General Election is narrowing. As of September 12, the two independent candidates, Dorien Hurtt and Carolyn S. Thomas, no longer appear on the ballot.

According to the Union County Clerk’s office, Hurtt’s nomination was disqualified due to insufficient signatures on the nominating petition and Thomas withdrew from the race before the deadline.

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The remaining candidates include the Children First Team comprised of Sherrill Cassett-Denny, Willie Pat Hembree and Paulina Deleon and the For Our Children’s team includes incumbents Carmencita Pile and Lynn Anderson-Person and newcomer Mack Rice. Eric Andrew is also on the ballot.

In previous elections, several candidates submitted candidate statements and TAPinto Plainfield has invited these candidates to do so again so that the public can learn more about their backgrounds, where they stand on school issues, and their voting records.

The League of Women Voters of Plainfield will hold a candidate forum for school board candidates at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at duCret School of the Arts, located at 1030 Central Avenue.

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