Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Footnote to Election Day

Third Ward write-in campaigner Brenda Gilbert received a total of 31 votes, 23 in voting machines and eight more on absentee ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

Plaintalker confirmed the tally with the Elections Division of the Union County Clerk's Office today.

Former Councilman and Freeholder Adrian Mapp was the only one of three council candidates to be challenged in the general election. Gilbert publicly announced her write-in campaign several months ago and was permitted to take part in the annual candidates' forum conducted by the League of Women Voters of Plainfield. She ran to give voters a choice, she said.

Gilbert's name did not appear on the ballot, where the Democratic line was topped by Barack Obama for president.

Mapp and citywide at-large council candidate Annie McWilliams overcame the Democratic incumbents, Third Ward Councilman Don Davis and Citywide at-large Councilman Harold Gibson, in the Democratic June primary.

Citywide at-large Republican candidate Deborah Dowe dropped out after the primary, leaving McWilliams unopposed in the general election. First Ward Councilman William Reid was unopposed in the Democratic primary and won the balance of former Councilman Rayland Van Blake's unexpired term on Nov. 4.

To see all official results for Union County, click here.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a perfect example of the power of the people. Change and new blood in this city which is what the people want. Let's keep it up and have a bigger turnout in November. If you like what you are getting in Plainfield, your choice is vote the same. If not - Change needs to happen.

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