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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voters choose Mapp team and Column A in Democratic Primary


Unofficial final tallies by the Plainfield
Democratic City Committee.


Plainfield voters in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday chose Adrian Mapp as the local party's standard-bearer in the November general election, along with his local running mates Joylette Mills-Ransome (Wards 2/3) and Steve Hockaday (Ward 4).

(See the unofficial numbers compiled by the Plainfield Democratic City Committee at the top of this post.) Not only Mapp and his team, but the whole Column A team was successful in the Primary Election.

As of 10:00 PM, only candidate Bridget Rivers had the class to call Mayor Mapp and congratulate him on his victory.

As noted by Mayor Mapp in his victory remarks, it was the daily walking and knocking on voters' doors that made the difference, allowing the candidates to make connections that mailers and robocalls cannot do.

Unless a candidate (or candidates) filed today to run as an Independent against Mapp, he will have the mayor's line to himself in the November election. The same holds true for Mills-Ransome and Hockaday.

Hockaday's win in the 4th Ward means that for the first time in at least 20 years, 4th ward representatives will be working with the Administration.

Did the drizzly, overcast weather hamper the turnout? We won't know until County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi posts the final numbers, however poll workers at several districts in several wards felt that the turnout was low, in their estimation.

Joylette Mills-Ransome will bring a laser focus on constituent relations to her service as a Councilor, in addition to her wide and deep experience in community service.

Steve Hockaday will be a breath of fresh air -- someone who has actually reached out to all parts of his ward and not just a well-worn path of least resistance. Look for some new ideas about how to deal with some of the 4th Ward's persistent challenges.

Mayor Mapp will have his work cut out for him. With a 6-1 majority on the Council (Ward One councilor Diane Toliver's term expires at the end of next year), the path should be clear for Mapp's further initiatives to quicken the pace of development and jobs growth over the next four years.

We truly are looking at a new day for Plainfield and, as Sheriff Joe Cryan said at the GOTV rally on City Hall steps, investors and now looking at Plainfield. The Primary win will only make Plainfield more attractive.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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