Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mapp Declares Mayoral Candidacy

Sworn in as Third Ward councilman less than four weeks ago, Adrian Mapp has announced he is running for mayor this year.

Mapp, who previously served as Plainfield councilman and Union County freeholder, issued a statement Monday saying his concerns about the administration of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs led him to mount the challenge he has been pondering since 2007.

Mapp is one of a number of New Democrats who came into elected office during the tenure of the late Mayor Albert T. McWilliams. Although he won his freeholder seat with the endorsement of the Regular Democratic Organization, Mapp retained his presidency of the New Democrats and was dumped by the party after one three-year term. But in June, he and the late mayor's daughter, Annie C. McWilliams, beat RDO incumbents Don Davis and Harold Gibson in the primary. The two New Democrats went on to win the November general election.

Mapp's mayoral bid puts him in competition with Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Green's protege, Robinson-Briggs, now in the fourth year of a term marred by high cabinet turnover, stalled road repairs and controversial use of police bodyguards. Robinson-Briggs began campaigning for re-election last summer, and at Democratic Party campaign celebration in November, Green led a chant of "four more years" for the mayor.

Meanwhile, it is an open secret that attorney Carol Ann Brokaw, chairwoman of the board of commissioners of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, also intends to run for mayor.

Green himself must run for another two-year Assembly term and re-election as Democratic Party chairman this year. The RDO ticket should be announced shortly before the April 6 filing date for the primary, but most likely Mapp will be relying on the increasingly powerful New Democrats for backing in his campaign.

Mapp said in his press statement that he had become increasingly concerned that the current administration is run "in a shoddy and secretive manner that is not respectful of residents' needs or concerns, and Plainfield is thus ill-served."

Mapp said the city faces "an extremely difficult future" for at least two years, as people lose homes and jobs. Taxes will suffer, he said, adding, "We must come to grips with the situation."

"Plainfield simply cannot afford four more years of a mayor who rushes to hug people but seems incapable of actually helping them," Mapp said.

Robinson's mayoral trademark has been to hug and kiss residents and officials alike, and to give out candy and snacks at public events.

Mapp cited the loss last year of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, saying the mayor did not use her position as a board member to influence the outcome, and also said taxpayers are justifiably upset at "the abysmal condition of the city's roads."

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous C Black said...

A lot of concerns about this candidacy. Mapp has been past of the establisment for 15+ years. What does he have to show for it?

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go, Adrian!

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original post is correct. Mapp was a Freeholder for many years. In those years he did nothing but rubber-stamp what was brought before him. As he rubber-stamped the previous administration's agenda while he was a council person here in Plainfield. Despite that the County threw him off the line. No one could stand him. Too arrogant and too full of himself.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice, are these the only 3 contenders? If so, I am voting for Brokaw. Tired of recycling.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Brokaw officially running? What is with this "open secret"?

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are these people saying such terrible things about Mapp? I know him from Frontiers events and St. Mark's. He is a decent family man and very prayerful. I feel the same way about the mayor. Ad hominem attacks only demean the author, not the subject of the attack. I say this with reference to the mayor as well. Let's end personal attacks and focus on whether the policies of the past several years under Robinson-Briggs have been good for the city. I am also wondering about this open secret regarding PMUA Commissioner Brokaw. Is there an exploratory committee looking into her running? How do you know she's running? I ask this as a "sometime" supporter of the current mayor.

7:08 PM  

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