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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Union County Dems united, Plainfield slate approved



(Note corrections below.) Plainfield Democratic City Committee chair Mayor Adrian O. Mapp welcomed Union County Dem chair Assemblyman Jerry Green to Friday evening's PDCC meeting at Plainfield Dem headquarters at 31 Watchung Avenue.

After asking for attendees to stand in a moment's silence in remembrance of former Union County Dem chair Charlotte DeFilippo (who passed away Wednesday), chairman Green reviewed the status of the Union County Committee.

Meeting Wednesday evening, the municipal chairs unanimously endorsed Phil Murphy's candidacy. Murphy attended to meeting to personally ask for County support. Sheriff Joe Cryan was selected to run for the Senate seat that gubernatorial candidate Ray Lesniak is stepping away from. At this meeting, it was agreed what mayors would run in the localities which have mayoral elections this year, and Mayor Mapp received the nod for a second term run.

Chairman Mapp detailed the complete District 22 slate from top to bottom --


  • Governor: Phil Murphy
  • Senator: Nick Scutari
  • Assemblyman: Jerry Green
  • Assemblyman: James Kennedy
  • Freeholder: Angel Estrada
  • Freeholder: Chris Hudak
  • Freeholder: Angela Garretson (current mayor of Hillside)
  • Sheriff: Pete Corvelli (vacancy created by Cryan's senate run)
  • Mayor: Adrian O. Mapp
Chairman Mapp then led a discussion of the local election, in which Councilor Joylette Mills-Ransome (appointed to replace 2/3 at large Councilor Rebecca Williams) is running in the primary for that seat as required by law.

Mapp also introduced Steve Hockaday as interested in running for the 4th Ward seat currently held by Councilor Bridget Rivers. Hockaday, an attorney who lives in Ward 4, briefly sketched his biography which is focused on civic service (he has also been president of the Garden State Bar Association). It was voted by the group to give him the 4th Ward line.

Chairman Mapp also reviewed the current state of the opposition, noting that former Councilor Tracey Brown has already publicly launched her campaign.

It was noted that Councilor Rivers has been telling folks she is running for mayor, though nothing has appeared officially by way of a declaration.

Ir is also rumored that former independent candidate Mustafa Muhammad will once again run for the mayor's seat as an independent, filing to run on Primary Election Day.

The closing segment of the meeting was a discussion of the City Committee, which will also be elected at the Primary Election. Mapp said there would be minor changes (mostly owing to people moving out of district). These petitions were distributed after the meeting was adjourned and will be collected at a breakfast meeting of the PDCC on Saturday, March 18.

Monday, April 4 April 3 is the deadline for filing petitions for the Primary Election. The Primary Election itself is on Tuesday, June 7 June 6.

Theresa Ann Moroney Teacher and Plainfield bookstore owner was an avid reader and adventurous cook Theresa Ann Moroney of Plainfield, N.J., died on Jan. 19, 2017, from complications of breast cancer. Family and friends are invited to join together to honor Terry's life at The Landing, 311 Amwell Rd., Hillsborough, N.J., on Sunday, Jan. 22, for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Terry was born on March 24, 1944, in Summit, N.J., to Mary Gallagher and David Moroney, the seventh of nine children. She graduated from St. Teresa's Grammar School, Summit, in 1958, and attended three high schools: Summit High for two years, followed by a year at Madison High, before graduating from South Plainfield High in 1962. Terry attended Fairleigh Dickinson University while working night shifts at her sister Catherine's diner, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college with a B.A. in English in 1967. While at FDU she served as editor for the school newspaper. After graduation, Terry and her sister Grace travelled across the country. Terry began her teaching career at Westfield High in 1967 and continued at Plainfield High. In 1972 the call of the highway beckoned once more, and she and Grace continued their cross-country exploration. Upon returning to New Jersey, Terry met and married the love of her life, David Beck, and soon welcomed two sons into her world. In 1980 she reentered the work force, teaching adult education in Plainfield and New Brunswick, N.J., a vocation in which she took tremendous pride. In 1992 Terry returned to high school, teaching at North Plainfield until her retirement in 2009. In 1997 Terry opened "Another Look Books" in Plainfield. A labor of love, the used book store served the downtown community until closing its doors in the early 2000's. Terry was active in the Cook School PTA, and while at North Plainfield she served as advisor for the school newspaper and lent her aid to countless students; she took particular joy in helping her ESL students apply to college. She was an active member of the Plainfield Historical Society and the Democratic Committee in Plainfield. Terry was an avid reader and adventurous cook; the two pursuits birthed an extensive and lovingly used library of cookbooks and personal recipes. Terry was predeceased by her husband, David Michael Beck, in 2014. She is survived by her sons, Andrew David and Richard Evelyn; her daughter-in-law, Christine Beck, and grandsons, Damien Carter and Alexander David. The seventh of nine children, Terry is survived by her sister, Constance Costello Rooney. She was predeceased by her brothers, David, Richard, and James, and her sisters, Margaret, Catherine, Rosemary, and Grace. In New Jersey, Terry will be missed by her sister-in-law, Kathleen Moroney; nephews, Charles Femminella and his wife, Charlotte Ryden, Christopher (Gretchen), Sean (Karen), and Mark Moroney (Kelly); nieces, Regina and Renee Femminella, Maureen Pena (Joseph), Sandra Roberts (Steve Kosciolek), and Jennifer McBride (Sean); in Virginia, by Moyra Moroney; in Arizona, by her brother-in-law, Paul Beck and, in Hawaii, by John Beck; and many grand-nephews and grand-nieces. - See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=theresa-moroney&pid=183660148#sthash.mSuRxaeS.dpuf


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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