Hockaday event Thursday rocks Ward 4.
The home, where Hockaday has lived since 2001, is a warm and inviting presence in the heart of the 4th Ward for supporters of the Democratic nominee.
Attendees got to hear from the Mapp team -- Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who is seeking re-election; Hockaday, and Joylette Mills-Ransome who is running for the Wards 2/3 at-large seat -- talking about the progress Plainfield has made under Mapp's leadership and the need to keep moving Plainfield forward.
Hockaday told of encounters with residents who shared with him surprising things they are doing in their neighborhoods. One story was told of a resident telling a canvasser how happy they were to see them, saying "No one ever comes over here (meaning the 4th Ward)."
Emcee for the evening was Hockaday's campaign manager, Derel Stroud, who noted he was using his "indoor voice" for the event.
Also on hand and making brief remarks were Wards 1/4 at large Councilor Barry Goode; Citywide at-large councilor (and Council President) Rebecca Williams and Ward 3 councilor Charles McRae.
Hockaday drew the program to a close with a call to "Vote Column A all the way ... to Hockaday" -- bringing laughs from those present.
Attendees were reminded of opportunities to help the candidate by walking with him door-to-door and spending time at headquarters making phone calls to neighbors.
Plainfield's Democratic headquarters is at 31 Watchung Avenue (next to Antojito's restaurant). The phone number is (908) 561-5038. Headquarters is open daily from Noon to 8:00 PM (Sunday opening is 1:00).
-- Dan Damon [follow]