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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Williams succeeds Mapp as leader of New Dems

Rebecca Williams with Councilor Adrian Mapp
during her 2010 Primary campaign for City Council.
At a meeting of the New Democrats for Plainfield political club this past Sunday, Mayor-Elect Adrian O. Mapp turned the reins of leadership over to Councilor Rebecca Williams.

Noting that the duties of his new office and the pressures of his job as an administrator for the municipality of Orange would leave him with little time to devote to New Dem affairs, Mapp stepped aside in favor of longtime New Democrt activist Rebecca Williams, whose new leadership role was agreed by acclamation.

The New Democrats club, which has not always seen eye-to-eye with the political establishment, has successfully elected candidates to seats in all four wards over the past ten years, capping its efforts this year by joining forces with Assemblyman Jerry Green, who is chairperson of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee as well as the Union County Democratic Committee, to elect Councilor Adrian O. Mapp as Plainfield's next mayor.

Though the relationship is fresh and still somewhat fragile, the New Democrats see themselves as playing an important role in fending off challenges to Assemblyman Green's role as Union County Democratic chair that are coming from other Democratic players and backroom power brokers.

In other business, the New Democrats club made plans for its annual holiday community service activities.

Carol Bicket, committee person for the 2-5 District is heading up the annual Holiday Toy Drive.

Bicket says that unwrapped new toys and games suitable for children ages 3 -13 are being welcomed between now and December 18 for a party to be held December 21. Donations may be left on Mayor-elect and Amelia Mapp's side porch at 535 West 8th Street. Those with questions may call Carol Bicket at (908) 753-5450.

Member Veronica 'Roni' Taylor is coordinating this year's Thanksgiving turkey deliveries. For several years now, Councilor Mapp and his wife Amelia, along with members of the New Democrats club, have distributed turkeys at Thanksgiving time to needy families and community service organizations such as Plainfield Action Services, the Latin American Coalition and the YMCA.

Councilor Mapp, who takes office as mayor on January 1, is expected to announce his resignation from the City Council shortly. The Council would then select among three names proposed by the Democratic City Committee to succeed Mapp until next year's November election. At that time, a permanent replacement would be elected for the balance of Mapp's term as Councilor representing Ward 3.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Great choice in Rebecca!