Green Endorses Incumbents for Re-Election
Green announced his support at a meeting of the Democratic City Committee. The filing date for the primary is April 12.
Green also called on the committee to back Plainfield Councilwoman Linda Carter as a Union County freeholder candidate. Plainfielder Rayland Van Blake failed to get the party's support for a second term as freeholder.
While Green preached unity, he also allowed two challengers for the City Council seats to speak. They are Rebecca Williams and former City Councilman Don Davis, both seeking the Second and Third Ward seat.
In remarks to the committee, Reid traced his career from being an appointee in December 2007 to winning an election in 2008 and noted he has attended every council meeting except for a time in January 2009 when he was ill. Reid said he voted "no" on the FY 2010 budget because he felt laying off people in the present economy was "the wrong thing to do."
Burney highlighted his early involvement with the campaign to elect Barack Obama as president, saying his support preceded the Democratic Party's support. He cited Obama's insistence on having a plan as an example for Plainfield in proceeding with development. The city is currently engaged in a "visioning" process for Transit Oriented Development.
Williams detailed her extensive campaign experience, mostly with "New Democrat" candidates who were later subsumed into the Regular Democratic Organization.
"It's my time. I feel I have worked hard enough to earn a ticket to the show," she said.
Davis fervently expressed his love of Plainfield and said after he met with constituents on their concerns, "I was their voice."
No vote was taken on the candidates.
Green finished up by saying he opposed having any more affordable housing or low-income housing in Plainfield and that he would rely on builders' advice in the future.
An analysis of District 22, including Plainfield, he said, reveals that it is mostly "a working class district."
Green said the district, including Plainfield, may have to face budget realities, including cuts to police budgets.