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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Longtime Nation of Islam activist endorses Tracey Brown

Endorsement of Brown appeared on Muhammad's Facebook
page Tuesday, May 9.


Longtime Plainfield and Nation of Islam activist Mustapha Muhammad has endorsed Tracey Brown for mayor in the June Democratic primary, as per his Facebook page yesterday (see here).

Muhammad ran against Mayor Mapp in the 2013 mayoral race, along with D. Scott Belin, and Republican candidate Sandy Spector. In that race, Muhammad and Belin ran as independents, filing their petitions on Primary Election Day in June.

The results in that 2013 general election were: Mapp - 5,234; Muhammad - 1,061; Belin - 392; and Spector - 765.

At the same time, it should be noted that Plainfield politics watchers have been expecting Muhammad to file once again on Primary Day and run in the fall election as an independent.

But the clever Muhammad may be hedging his bets. Urging his supporters to back Tracey Brown in the Primary would give him leverage with Brown for political appointment or favors if she wins in her long-shot bid.

On the other hand, his endorsement of Brown now could lead to her endorsement of him in the November election if she loses the primary, as is expected.

All this is a little more sophisticated than we normally see in Plainfield politics.

The Democratic Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 6. The polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Many voters have already made arrangements to cast their ballots early.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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