Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Who Will Be Mayor?

This image, from the Channel 74 coverage of the annual reorganization, includes the only two people who have begun actively campaigning for the 2009 mayoral race. Incumbent Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs is shown delivering her State of the City address, while Third Ward Councilman Adrian Mapp listens.

Robinson-Briggs launched her re-election bid last year, with buttons and T-shirts, while Mapp announced his campaign just this week. As always in Plainfield, word on the street is another source of intelligence about what is going on politically and when more than half a dozen disparate people start naming names, other candidates for mayor and for the Fourth Ward City Council seat emerge with a modicum of credibility.

However, until the April 6 filing date rolls around, the bottom line is unknown. Who will the Regular Democratic Organization support for the June primary? Will New Democrats make a challenge as they did in 2008? Will a Republican candidate emerge?

Plaintalker has never endorsed a candidate for any office, but strives to provide citizens with as much information as possible so voters can exercise their franchise on Primary Day and in the November general election.

In coming months, there will be lots of campaign rhetoric which must be balanced against the facts and realities of Plainfield's current situation. People who love the city are in pain over several issues and are looking for the best possible leadership for the next four years.

On April 6, voters will see who is willing to take up the challenge and can then weigh the qualifications of each person to do so. Plaintalker looks forward to providing the electorate with as much context as possible in this most important contest.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will an INDEPENDENT come along ??

1:11 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

To the best of my knowledge, independents can file on Primary Day in June in order to be on the November ballot.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the Mayor running for re-election and Adrian Mapp running also, either way we don't have a chance. I have heard that Adrian Mapp is a very conceited and nasty person, even towards little children and women. Absolutely no respect and has no education in how to treat people. I seriously hope that someone else steps up to the plate to run against these 2 because if not, we are all doomed. If Sharon stays, things won't change and if Adrian Mapp gets elected, things will change from bad to worse.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrian Mapp attends my church, St. Mark's, and has taught in the Sunday school. He is a very nice man, so whoever is posted that silly and mean gossip about him needs to stop. To try to make things you have "heard" only makes you look stupid. It is obvious that you are trying to poison the well against Adrian to help whoever you are going to support. The problem is, gossip only makes the gossiper look bad.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My source is a church going person as well. Who is to say that maybe to you Adrian Mapp is a very nice man, but maybe that's because you are just like him in the way you approach people, hence your comment. Everyone is entitled to their opinion (this one based on a fact), that is after all one of our amendments, freedom of speech. But running for Mayor, you must learn how to deal with people and the last demonstration performed by Mr. Mapp insulted women and children that were present with childish non sense instead of him dealing with the topic at hand. Plainfield can't waste time like this on someone who will deviate from the main and important goals. At least Sharon knows how to talk to people and respect them.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

OK, that's enough hearsay and negativity. Comments on this post are closed.

2:13 PM  

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