I want to thank those Plainfield voters who supported progress in Plainfield by voting for me, along with my running mates, Charles McRae and Emmett Swan, two outstanding men, whose courage and strength were awesome to behold as they entered the public arena for the first time. Charles needed only 28 of the votes that went to his opponent to win his race. That's how close elections can be in Plainfield. My team withstood the negative, gutter politics of Jerry Green and his people with grace. We ran a good race, talked to the voters about the issues facing Plainfield, and the voters returned me to office. For that, I thank you all.
is clear that ballot placement is important, as well as having
politicians such as Cory Booker and Bonnie Watson-Coleman at the top of
the ticket. However, enough people voted against the lies Jerry Green and his candidates wrote about me so
that I could emerge as the winner in the wards I represent.
In the process of running this election, we attracted statewide notice--pulling back the curtain on Jerry Green's manipulation of his council majority--as other bloggers have noted, there might be big trouble waiting in the wings for him after an investigation.
The opponents and their boss, Jerry Green, focused on my perceived shortcomings and attacked me and the mayor, as well as other individuals with campaign material so vile (produced by Jerry Green but approved by Diane Toliver and Gloria Taylor and Charles Eke) that it makes a mockery of their entire campaign. When I wrote about the "Green Stain" the other day, it was in response to this vile material that they carefully circulated.
I will continue to vote ethically and conscientiously and in the best interests of the residents. The people spoke--they will get what they voted for. From all of us.