PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the League of Women Voters of Plainfield will hold a Candidate Forum, to be held in the Anne Louise Davis room at the Plainfield Public Library.

Forum participants must submit their biography and provide answers to the local League's questions to the LWV of Plainfield, which will be included in the forum and League of Women Voters of Plainfield’s publication.

Councilwoman Rebecca Williams, who defeated incumbent Councilwoman Tracey Brown in June, is running on the line for the Citywide at-large seat unopposed.  Only candidates who are running opposed can participate in the LWV forum. 

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Third Ward City Council candidates will be present Wednesday night.  Charles McRae is the Democratic Candidate, while Sharon Robinson-Briggs is running as an Independent.  Following are each of the candidates' biographies.  To see their answers to questions posed by the LWV, visit Third Ward City Council Candidates.

Charles McRae
To the people of Plainfield who do not know me, “Hello, my name is Charles L. McRae.” To those who do know me, “hey neighbor.” 1228 Hazel Ave. is where I have lived for 32 years and where I have raised two beautiful and intelligent daughters with my wife Sylvia. The Queen City is my home. As a resident and active member of the Third Ward community, I am asking that you elect me to be your Third Ward Representative for the City of Plainfield. 

What makes me uniquely qualified as a candidate for City Council is my steady involvement in multiple community activities and organizations, as well as my proven track record for success working within the private and public sector. I consider myself to be a results-oriented and self-motivated person who wants to make a difference in the community. Consequently, I have worked to become the 2nd Vice President of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee, the President of the Cedarbrook Block Association, former President of the Cedarbrook Elementary School PTA, former Chairman of the Plainfield Citizen Budget Advisory Committee, and a current member of the Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment. Undoubtedly, I am committed to the residents of this community, as well as the growth and development of the city of Plainfield.
As the tenth of eleven children, I have always known the importance of having someone to look up to and admire. Thus, as a charter member (founder) of the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity of Rutgers University, a charter member (founder) of the New Brunswick Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, a member of the Kappa League, former Chairman or the Diamond Foundation, and current board member of the Diamond Foundation, I have worked diligently to mentor young men. In fact, the Diamond Foundation gives a scholarship in my name to an accomplished graduating high school senior every year. I am honored to know that my name is attached to something that allows someone a chance to pursue their dreams.
I say all this to inform you of my abilities to lead and work with others, as well as my dedication to the community. My extensive experience will enable me to make wise decisions regarding the critical needs of current and prospective issues facing the City of Plainfield. We are “One Plainfield, with One Future” and I am confident in my ability to make significant contributions and positive change within our community.  “Keep Moving Plainfield Forward” on Election Day by voting for Charles L. McRae as your Third Ward City Council Representative.

Sharon Robinson-Briggs
  • Member, Ruth Fellowship Ministries Church, Plainfield
  • Two Term, First Female Mayor of Plainfield
  • College Graduate
  • Plainfield Board of Education President
  • Annual Plainfield Feed The Children Programs
  • Plainfield Clothing & Food Drives
  • President, Festival Association of Plainfield
  • Plainfield PABA Block Association Founder and Vice President
  • Plainfield Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) Member
  • Built the State of the Art Plainfield Senior Citizens Center & Veteran Meeting Hall
  • Plainfield Angels for Action Advisory Board Member
  • Plainfield Area NAACP Vice President
  • Plainfield Salvation Army Advisory Board Member
  • Developed Plainfield Anti-Gang, Anti-Gun Initiative
  • Established the “Plainfield Live Where You Work” Program
  • Facilitated Plainfield Contract Negotiations for Labor Unions
  • Facilitated Plainfield Negotiations for Conflict Resolution
  • Mayors Against Guns, Member
  • Lectured at various educational institutions
  • Published Author NJ Pre-Law Review Magazine, “Navigating Small Claims Court”; NJ   State League of Municipality Journal, “The Best Shared Service” and “Plainfield: A City On The Move”
  • On Air Personality - Verizon Cable Show, Comcast Cable Show, Comcast Newsmakers, College Fund Telethon
  • Provided Plainfield Community Garden
  • Provided Plainfield City Hall Sitting Garden
  • Provided Plainfield Electric Clock at Courthouse
  • Shared Services Programs saved tax payer funds
  • Established Employee Cafeteria & Annual Employee Appreciation Day
  • Economic Development
  • Guest Speaker and Panelist at Conventions
  • Testified at Senate Hearings and Congressional Forums
  • Recipient of over 100 Awards
  • College Scholarship Association Founding Member
  • National Association of Professional Women Member
  • NJ Conference of Mayors Emeritus Advisory Council Member

The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue.  The forum begins at 7:00 PM.  The LWV hosts forums like this one as a service to Plainfield voters.

Election day is Tuesday, November 8 2016, and polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.