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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In Plainfield Primary, Davis and Mills-Ransome swamp opponents

The numbers tell only part of the story of tonight's victories.

Victorious Ashley Davis (l) and Joylette Mills-Ransome (r)
thank their supporters at Plainfield Dem headquarters.
(Sorry about the pic quality, I was sitting too far back)

Cheers and applause erupted at Plainfield Democratic headquarters onTuesday night when the results of the two Plainfield races were finally flashed on the screen after the polls closed.

Newcomer Ashley Davis, running for the Democratic nomination in Ward 1 as the party's official candidate, trounced her opponent incumbent Diane Toliver -- 458 to 251.

This, despite Toliver having rogue support from within the very Plainfield Democratic City Committee itself (see my post here).

A class act all the way, Davis had her campaign Manager Nicole Billingslea distribute bouquets of brightly colored long-stemmed flowers to the many supporters and workers that she thanked in her remarks.

Working with a devoted team of helpers from throughout the city (though mostly in the First Ward), Davis smoothly and professionally responded to and overcame negative (and even hostile) sentiments among some PDCC to reach an astounding victory.

Joylette Millls-Ransome won her contest against challenger Cameron Cox, 1194 to 805. This despite considerable funding muscle from the Campbell Crew (Big John chatted with me as I left after voting at Hubbard School today).

Mills-Ransome thanked her team of stalwarts that included Dr. Inez Durham and Cynthia Lewis of her leadership team.

While the overall mood in Plainfield tonight was one of joyful victory, there are a few people who went to bed tonight deservedly eating humble pie.

Since this is Plainfield, where there were no Republican challengers in their primary, the November election is a pro forma exercise -- unless someone filed with the Union County Clerk before 4 PM Tuesday to run as an independent in the fall.

Note: Results are unofficial. Official results will be certified by Union County Clerk Joann Rajoppi in about a week.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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