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Monday, October 29, 2018

Last chance to hear 2018 candidates at Tuesday's LWV forum

The League of Women Voters
2018 Candidate Forum is Tuesday.

Plainfield's League of Women Voters (LWV) is presenting its 2018 Candidate Forum Tuesday evening (October 30) at Emerson Community School, starting at 6:30 PM. This is the 98th year of this forum, considered the "Cadillac" of candidate forums.

This will be the final opportunity to hear from candidates in contested local races before the November 6 general election.

According to LWV rules , only those in contested races participate in the forum itself, which means Ward 1 candidate Ashley Davis and Wards 2/3 candidate Joylette Mills-Ransome can be acknowledged but will not participate.

That will leave the Democratic nominee for the citywide at-large seat -- Elton Armady -- to face off against his opponent Ron Johnson, who is running as an Independent (NOT a Republican as the Courier mischaracterized him in its online story).

As far as the Board of Education race, all nine candidates are eligible to participate.

That would be independent candidates Harry Watson, Rebecca Perkins, and Timothy Priano, as well as two slates of three each.

Those slates are the #getmad team of Melba Moore, Alma Blanco and David Graves (M-A-D, get it?), supported by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

And the Children First Team composed of incumbents John Campbell Sr., Emily Morgan and Richard Wyatt (the current Board president), which is aligned with Republican "kingmaker" Campbell.

Candidates for an unexpired term are also eligible to participate -- Dorien Hurtt (#getmad) and Eric Andrews (Children First).

The forum gets under way at 6:30 PM in the school's cafetorium and will be moderated -- as is the League's custom -- by a member from another nearby LWV chapter.

Emerson Community School is at Emerson Avenue and East 3rd Street. Parking in the school's lot on Emerson and on the street. If parking on the street, please be considerate and mind not to block neighbors' driveways.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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