PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Municipal Clerk Abubakar Jalloh responded on Tuesday to objections of candidates who are seeking nomination to both council and city comittee seats in the June 4 primary election.
Challenges included invalid signatures, insufficient signatures, and petitions that were not circulated by the person on the affadavit.
Jim Spear challenged RDO candidates for city committee in the 2-8. One of his contentions was that signatures on the petition included those of people who no longer live in the city; in fact, one of the signatures was from someone who lived in Spear's own house but now resides in Pennsylvania.
Due to the circumstances, Patrick Cassidy requested his name be removed altogether, and Lisa Bullock requested that some signatures be struck from the petition. Without enough valid signatures, she, too, will not appear on the primary election ballot.
A challenge by Brian Munroe in the 2-1 was denied, and both Robert Bolmer and Claire Mendheim will remain on the ballot.
Munroe said the petition was not circulated by the person on the affidavit.
Terri Briggs-Jones had challenged the candidacy of Bridget Rivers as Council At-Large, First & Fourth Wards, but was denied. According to the clerk's response, "Ms. Rivers signed all of the required sections of the petition." Briggs-Jones had also challenged signatures on their validity as registered voters in the proper ward.
Katie Mocco, Esq. of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Biglin, LLP, on behalf of the RDO, challenged city committee petitions in all four wards. Objections included both insufficient signatures and invalid signatures on petitions, with varying results. See the full list, and the responses from the municipal clerk.
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