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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Plainfield Dem campaign gets under way

Candidates rallied Saturday to kick off Primary Election campaign. (photo courtesy CT Pile)
Democratic primary election season got under way in earnest yesterday with the grand opening of the party headquarters at 211 West Front Street, next door to Dunkin' Donuts.

About one hundred people gathered at the Union County office building's plaza to enjoy music and speechifying in the bright sunshine of a Spring Saturday.

Speakers included Assemblyman Jerry Green and Assemblywoman Linda Stender, as well as Plainfield mayoral candidate Adrian Mapp and Bridget Rivers, who is running for re-election to her 4th Ward Council seat. All of the seats in the State Legislature are up this year.

The Democratic headquarters will be open daily from Noon to dark from now until Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 4. Volunteers will distribute literature as well as lawn signs and visitors may sign up to volunteer, host a kaffee klatch, or take along a lawn sign.

Though the big action in New Jersey will be the November gubernatorial election, expected to be between incumbent Chris Christie and Democratic challenger Sen. Barbara Buono, Plainfield's overwhelming Demcratic registration means the winner of the June primary is tantamount to being the victor in November. Green and Stender, with their running mate, Sen. Nick Scutari, are expected to be re-elected handily to the Legislature.

Mapp is being challenged in the primary election by incumbent Sharon Robinson-Briggs, who is running off the party line. Rivers faces no challenger.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Dan: because of the importance of the Democratic mayoralty primary, FOSH hopes to sponsor a candidates forum, using LWV rules and an outside LWV moderator. Adrian Mapp agreed immediately. Despite repeated attempts, I cannot get a response from the Mayor. Perhaps someone affiliated with her campaign could intercede.

Anonymous said...

Here is my observation of the event. Rivers showed up late. I think she had a reason, but it was not articulated at the rally. Reid, Greaves and Williams did not show up. Not sure why.

Rivers made no mention of her running mate, nor did she talk about anyone on the Democratic ticket by name.

No real publicity was distributed. Seemed very half-hearted.