An interesting bit of gossip from the MLK Potluck.
The barrels lined up outside the front door of the home of Mayor Adrian and First Lady Amelia Mapp Bulged with bags of nonperishable food items collected in Saturday's Food Drive.
Inside,the house was warm and cosy, crowded with community members sharing New Year's greetings, catching up on neighborhood and city news, and gossiping, all while feasting on a huge spread of potluck items and a table of fancy desserts.
Yes, indeed. 'Tis the season, as they say.
Each year, the MLK holiday seems to become the time that people begin to think of the June Primary elections. As we all know, in a town like Plainfield, where the number of registered Democrats is ten times that of registered Republican, the most likely outcome is that the winner of the June Democratic Primary will go on to win the general election.
This year, there will be three slots in the June Primary: Mayor, Ward 4 Council, and Wards 2/3 Council.
Mayor Mapp has already declared that he is running for re-election.
The interesting gossip on Saturday evening was that sometime blogger and Board of Ed member David Rutherford is planning a run for the Wards 2/3 Democratic nomination.
Rutherford, who was elected as part of Mayor Mapp's team to the Plainfield Democratic City Committee in 2015 soon drifted to the periphery after it became clear that Chairman Mapp had worked out a modus vivendi with then-newly-minted Union County Dem chair Asm Jerry Green. After a fire left David's Watchung Avenue apartment uninhabitable, he moved back home, which caused the PDCC bylaws to kick in, making his seat empty since he had moved out of the district.
There were those who said at the time that Rutherford and his mother, Elena (also elected to the PDCC), were far less Mapp supporters than they were Green antagonists. So is David taking on the venerable Assemblyman Green?
A run for Council by Rutherford would be interesting for a second reason, since he would have to step down from the Board of Ed.
And it's only January!
-- Dan Damon [follow]