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Thursday, July 1, 2010

A sweet break from Plainfield politics, sort of

I know you will find this hard to believe, but Plainfield politics can be vexing, especially on hot days.

So, it was pleasant last evening to lay aside the ins-and-outs of why there was no tour of the city-owned Tepper's basement yesterday and the pluses and minuses of the city's IT situation as presented by IT manager Chris Payne (more on both later), and indulge a table of sweets set out by one of Plainfield's favorite caterers.

That would be Sandy Spector, who happens also to be chairperson of Plainfield's Republican city committee.

Sandy emceed a friendraiser event for City Council candidates Jim Pivnichny (Wards 2/3 at-large) and Sean Alfred (Ward 1), graciously hosted by Piv and his wife Joan Van Pelt at their home. (I was a guest at Piv's invitation, for which I thank him kindly.)

As it turns out, the group, which filled the couple's spacious living room, also got to hear from Highlands mayor Anna Little, who is challenging Frank Pallone in the 6th Congressional district; Ellen Dickson, Summit council member running for Union County Freeholder, and 'Bo' Vastine, candidate for Scotch Plains Town Council (and opponent of Jerry Green in last year's legislative race).

Noting that they all had uphill battles in a very blue county and congressional district, each candidate reiterated the importance of keeping the two-party system viable by putting candidates forth and actively working for election, as well as ensuring that the public gets to hear all points of view in deciding who to vote for.

A two-party system? How American! (One-party rule just doesn't turn out well for the people; just think of the Soviet Union and Cuba.)

Choices? Again, how American!

Hearing out all opinions? In America?

And with homemade brownies, too?

Like I said, a sweet break from Plainfield politics, sort of.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice gathering. I hope Plainfielders will consider mixing it up a bit and give the other "team" a chance, especially with the Freeholder Board. We NEED some new blood.