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Monday, April 11, 2011

Petitions for Plainfield offices due today

Plainfield Municipal Clerk 'AJ' Jalloh will earn his pay today, as petitions for local offices must be filed in his office by 4:00 PM.

Petitions for the Ward 2 and Wards 1/4 at-large City Council seats must be filed, as well as those of candidates for the Plainfield seats on the Union County Democratic Committee (commonly referred to as the Plainfield Democratic City Committee).

In addition to the candidates handpicked by PDCC chairman Jerry Green for the Regular Democratic Organization's line
(Tony Rucker and Vera Greaves), incumbent Cory Storch and newcomer Delois 'Dee' Dameron will be filing as New Democrats.

Whether uncontested or not, Republican candidates would also have to file today to appear on the June primary ballot. (Those running as independents file on June 7th.)

The male and female representatives in each of Plainfield's 34 current voting districts are up for election to a 2-year term also in the June primary (the Republican City Committee is voted on in alternate years).

Altogether the Clerk could be processing well in excess of a hundred petitions today. Good luck with that!

Though the 22nd District remains unchanged after the redistricting,
Legislative petitions are not filed with the Municipal Clerk's office.

Plainfield's re-warding will take place over the next few months, but the new ward lines will not be drawn until AFTER the June primary. The same is true for the drawing of new voting district lines.

Those new boundaries will be reflected in the NEXT SERIES of municipal elections in 2012, Ward 3 and Citywide at-large.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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