The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Case for Progress

The Case for Progress
Mayor Adrian Mapp has articulated the need for progress on behalf of the city on many occasions in the past 19 weeks (since he has been mayor). Below is a video from "The Mayor's Corner," in which Mayor Mapp lays out his reasoning for creating a team that will move Plainfield forward. As I have been out canvassing and speaking to residents, it is clear that most are on board with the new administration's ideas to re-brand and market the city in a way that has not been done previously. Unfortunately, the actions of some of my council colleagues show that they have no clue as to what it means to re-brand a city and to move it forward. They are more interested in getting seasonal jobs for their friends and relatives than working to improve economic development to provide REAL, SUSTAINABLE, LIVING-WAGE jobs to Plainfield residents. This is what I find most distressing--those with no vision beyond hooking up their friends and relatives and protecting their own patronage have decided to impede the progress of our city and harm our residents. Unconscionable.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Councilor Rebecca Williams - Endorsed by Ethical Leadership

Councilman Cory Storch and Mayor Adrian Mapp

I have spent a bit over 3 years on the city council, focusing on bringing strong values, principled decision-making, and ethical leadership to the council table. I have done my best to serve you, my constituents in the 2nd and 3rd Wards of our city, as well as the residents in the First and Fourth Wards who reach out to me. I have tried to lead through example, and I have worked to bring accountability and responsibility to the governing body. When I first ran for office, I was endorsed by Councilman Cory Storch and (then) Councilman Adrian Mapp--now Mayor, I am so proud to say. This time around, I am once again humbled to have received their endorsements. If I am re-elected, I pledge once again to always put the residents of Plainfield first, and to continue to ensure that your safety  and your quality of life come first.

On behalf of our team as well (Charles McRae for Third Ward and Emmett Swan for First Ward), I want to thank everyone who came out to the New Democrats breakfast yesterday morning. Your support is deeply appreciated, and we look forward to your help with our final push this week as we move inexorably and with alacrity toward Tuesday, June 3rd. 



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Play Ball! Opening Day of Plainfield Baseball League!

Plainfield's future baseball heroes with their coaches!
On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the opening day of the Plainfield Baseball League. For those of you who remember the contentiousness and divisiveness caused by the previous administration and their cronies, today marked the beginning of a great season--a unified league focused on ONE PLAINFIELD. The kids were excited, and it was a great day! Let the games begin!
Hanging with Nancy Jordan.
Karen Glencamp-Daniel, Recreation Superintendent Veronica Taylor, and Emcee Patricia Collins Roach.