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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dem Primary: Charles McRae will truly represent the Third Ward on the Council

Charles and running mate Rebecca Williams (r.) recently met
with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Plainfield's Ward 3 residents will have an opportunity on Primary Election day next Tuesday, June 7, to choose a Democratic candidate who will  truly represent the interests and concerns of its residents at the Council table.

Like his running mate, Councilor Rebecca Williams, Charles has a lengthy record of service to the community.

When his kids were at Cedarbrook School, Charles became involved in the PTO, eventually becoming its president.

Since then he has gone on to become president of the Cedar Brook Block Association. He is a former chairman of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, service that gave him insight into how the city's budgets are built and how city finances work.

Charles currently serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which is responsible for granting variances from zoning regulations governing an owner's property. If an owner makes a convincing case, the zoning board has the authority to grant relief concerning the height, width and location of structures
and setbacks.

In my years of observing the Zoning Board, I never cease to be amazed at the dedication of these volunteers, the amount of time they dedicate to the job, and the patience they exhibit in the face of sometimes challenging circumstances. Charles is a fine example of these devoted public servants. He brings the kind of thoughtful engagement which will help the Council move Plainfield forward.

There are significant challenges facing residents of the Third Ward, especially the fate of the long-vacant Muhlenberg Hospital campus. Charles will be an advocate of a health services-related solution to the problem of this vacant facility.

Polls are open on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Unaffiliated voters may declare  a party registration at the table to vote in the party primaries.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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