Saturday, April 10, 2010

June Primary Filings Due Monday

Candidates for two City Council seats must file by 4 p.m. Monday for the June 8 primary election.

At a Democratic City Committee meeting on April 2, Chairman and Assemblyman Jerry Green announced support for incumbents William Reid and Rashid Burney and acknowledged two contenders for Burney's seat. Reid represents the First Ward and Burney holds the Second & Third Ward at-large seat. Rebecca Williams and former Councilman Don Davis announced their intention to challenge Burney at the meeting. The council term is four years.

Davis formerly represented the Third Ward and could have been an appointee to that seat if the current incumbent, Adrian Mapp, had accepted a position as the city's chief finance officer. However, an April 1 deadline set by Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs passed without the hiring of a CFO. The mayor said she expects to hire one soon. The city has been without a permanent CFO since Peter Sepelya retired in December 2007.

Councilwoman Linda Carter has Green's support to run for a three-year Union County freeholder seat. Incumbent Rayland Van Blake, also a former City Council member, did not get the county party's support for re-election.

Petitions for council seats must be returned to the City Clerk's office in City Hall, while freeholder petitions must be filed with the Union County Clerk. Winners of primary contests will go on to the Nov. 2 general election.

--Bernice Paglia


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