SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The November 2020 local election will see a total of five candidates vying for two at large seats. On April 2, resident Bashir Nurid-din announced his plans to run as an Independent for a three-year term on the South Plainfield Borough Council.

Should he garner the required signatures to get his name on the ballot by the July deadline, Nurid-din will go up against Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White and Democratic Party challengers Sandy Doyon and Steve Remming.

Bashir Nurid-din stated that he has a ‘bigger vision for South Plainfield [and] believes that by taking action the borough can be better.’ “I want to make South Plainfield better for the next generation and I believe it can be,” Nurid-din, who has resided in the borough for 12 years, told TAPinto South Plainfield.

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Nurid-din was born in West Philadelphia and graduated from a private high school in East Orange before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the New Jersey-based Centenary University. He serves as a Democratic Committeeman for District 10 and is the father of a 14-year old daughter and he and his wife, Danielle Arndt, are parents to four children, ages 9 months to 9 years.

Nurid-din currently runs a business that specializes in personalized footwear and accessories out of a space on Spicer Avenue and, over the years, has owned and operated two business in South Plainfield’s downtown.

“It is not easy to start a business nor are there any real resources for start up businesses,” he stated on his Facebook page. “Small businesses develop growth in the economy and here I believe we need to appreciate them more and not just during the coronavirus [pandemic].”

If elected, Nurid-din said his goal would be to create more options for the next generation of entrepreneurs and work to redevelop a‘ downtown…[that] hasn’t been touched in a long time.’ “If you look at the downtown, it doesn’t look appealing,” Nurid-din said.

According to Nurid-din, it’s not just about ‘fixing roads or changing truck routes.’ “The biggest reason I am running is because I feel that South Plainfield has been in the same scenario for a some time. It can be better if people like myself do something instead of just talking about change,” he said.

“We have an older concept here that the people in administration have been using for some time; they are not thinking outside the box or listening to the community,” he added. “There are a lot of people in positions that are not putting things in action [that could] better the community [and] I feel things like our downtown and small businesses are getting neglected.”

Nurid-din said his goal would be to create more options for the next generation of entrepreneurs and would like to work to redevelop the ‘downtown,’ which, he said, hasn’t been touched in a long time.’ “We owe that to our taxpayers…

Anyone wishing to contact Bashir Nurid-din can email him at spindependent2020@gmail.com.