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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Plainfield Dems kick off June Primary campaign

Plainfield Dem chairman Adrian O. Mapp introduces candidates
Rebecca William and Charles McRae at Saturday's kickoff breakfast.

Plainfield Democrats kicked off the June Primary election season with three events this week.

Friday evening, members of Plainfield LGBT community packed the home of Jim Spear and Dan Crigler for a meet-and-greet to toast the campaigns of Rebecca Williams for citywide at-large Council seat and Charles McRae for Ward 3.

Williams, Plainfield's only openly gay councilor was greeted enthusiastically, as was her running mate Charles McRae, a longtime community activist.

They were introduced by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who is chair of the Plainfield Democratic Committee. Freeholder candidate Linda Carter -- whose first foray into elected office was as Ward 1 councilor in a campaign managed by Williams -- also addressed the crowd.

Mapp said afterward that he had been copied on an email to all NJ Democratic county chairs that pointed to the LGBT event as an idea for other counties to follow.

On Saturday, volunteers and supporters filled the newly opened campaign headquarters at 31 Watchung Avenue (next to Antojito's Restaurant) to share a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries and turkey bacon.

Chairman Mapp outlined the Democratic primary ticket with Hillary Clinton at the top of Column A, then our own Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, the Freeholder candidates -- featuring Plainfielder Linda Carter -- and Council candidates Williams and McRae.

He also introduced campaign staff: Jim Spear, campaign manager for Williams; Ron Scott Bey, who is in charge of headquarters operations; and Mary Burgwinkle, campaign treasurer.

Hundreds of campaign signs, featuring a large "A" for the team's column placement were taken by attendees for placement.

A very successful fundraiser for Williams and McRae at the West 8th Street home of John Stewart and Craig Bowman on was held on Wednesday evening.

The Primary campaign is off to a roaring start.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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