My name is David Rutherford, and I was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ. I received a degree in architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia, but after over six years as an architect, I recently followed my passion for writing and became a creative in health care advertising.
After college, in 2011, I got involved in the Occupy Movement in New York – before becoming active in local anti-machine politics in Plainfield. In 2013, I started my blog, Plainfield View, which featured human interest, cultural, and political stories. Much of my commentary was carried by local media, one article was featured by renowned education activist Diane Ravitch, and others were used as resources by progressives around the state as they fought some of the same monied interests – for example, charter school networks – that we battle here in Plainfield. I also co-sponsored Plainfield’s first public discussion of mass incarceration. In 2015, I became the youngest person ever elected to the Plainfield Board of Education.
I believe that the strength of a community lies in its residents’ ability to work together and build strong organizations. I am an active member of the Pemberton Area Block Association and will support the development of other local organizations that engage and empower residents.
As a member of the Plainfield City Council, I will work to upend the stranglehold machine politics has on our city and make sure that quality of life and opportunities for residents come before the interests of vendors and developers. I will fight for campaign finance reform, a community center for our youth, and development that does a service to current residents.
I’ve also seen my opponent mislead the public on several occasions during this campaign, including in our live debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. He’s tried to downplay his subservience to the Democratic Party machine in Union County.
I am not employed by the machine, I have nothing to gain professionally from service on the City Council, and I will therefore always work with the peoples’ interest in mind.