During the month of June, both Reverend Tracey Brown of Plainfield’s Ruth Fellowship Ministries and Harvard University’s Dr Cornel West endorsed David Rutherford for Plainfield City Council.
“In these times of crisis, it is even more important that we support progressive leaders like Emily Morgan and David Rutherford, whose development I have witnessed for the better part of his adult life,” said Dr West. “Plainfield should belong to the people, not the developers or the special interests.” He also released the following video.
Reverend Tracey Brown, who was narrowly defeated by Mayor Adrian Mapp in Plainfield’s last mayoral primary, issued a letter to thousands of residents in support of David Rutherford, who she has known for most of his life.
“I’ve served as a youth program director, basketball coach, Board of Education member, City Councilwoman, and the the past 21 years I have been the Pastor at Ruth Fellowship Ministries. In my many years of working with young people I made an effort to empower them to believe in themselves and believe that they can make a difference in their community. It was through that work that I met David Rutherford when he was a 14 year-old youth councelor at a summer camp I ran. After completing college and starting a career in architecture, he came back to the city where he was born and raised. In the year’s since, I have been proud to see him become deeply involved in our community – taking a stand on all sorts of injustice and inequality. He also became the youngest person ever elected to our Board of Education. His moral compass guides him, and he has always kept the best interests of the people at heart. David has always been an independent thinker and he will not side with any particular group on the council, but will always vote in the best interest of the residents of Plainfield.” – Reverend Tracey L. Brown
Election Day is July 7, and residents are encouraged to vote by mail before then. All ballots must be postmarked by that date. For those who do not, in-person voting is available – but it will a provisional paper ballot. The voting locations have also changed.
The entire fourth ward will vote at Clinton Elementary School. The Entire first ward will vote at Emerson Elementary School. Third ward districts 1-5 will vote at Plainfield High School. Third ward districts 6-10 will vote at Cedarbrook Elementary School. Second ward districts 2-1, 2-2, and 2-4 thru 2-6 will vote at Evergreen School. Second ward districts 2-3 and 2-7 thru 2-11 will vote at Maxson School. Please consult the map below for polling locations.