Plainfield’s Wyatt, Briggs-Jones join Progressive Democratic slate for June Primary

Monday, April 5 was the candidate filing deadline for the June 8th Democratic Primary.

Plainfield Mayoral Candidate Richard Wyatt and Fourth Ward City Council Candidate Terri Briggs-Jones both submitted petitions as part of the New Jersey Progressive Democratic slate.

Their Union County team includes County Commissioner Candidates Terence Johnson and Evanda Henry of Plainfield, and Sienna Bucu of Union Township.

Youth advocate, former BOE member, and basketball coach Terence Johnson (right) is running for freeholder, joining mayoral candidate Richard Wyatt (left).

Richard Wyatt, who currently serves on the Plainfield Board of Education, announced his candidacy in late October. The fourth-generation Plainfield resident has recently hosted a COVID-19 town hall featuring a variety of medical professionals, and will have a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 8 to discuss a community center in Plainfield. You can register to attend here.

“We need to remember who we are as a community”, said Wyatt in a statement last month, “and the power we have when we come together for common goals centered around all of our needs. From Terrill to Rock, block by block – the time is now!”

You can read Mr Wyatt’s full platform on his campaign website, His site also provides information about future events, and allows supporters to donate easily.

Terri Briggs-Jones last ran for office in 2019, where she lost a close 3-candidate race for the First and Fourth Ward at-large seat to Councilman Barry Goode. However, she won the Fourth Ward in that race, where two contenders – Briggs-Jones and former Councilwoman Bridget Rivers – had long histories on the city’s West End. Before that, she challenged Councilman Steve Hockaday for the Fourth Ward seat in 2017, losing by a mere 17 votes.

“I have unfinished business,” says lifelong Fourth Ward resident Terri Briggs-Jones. “We have to turn the tide here in Plainfield and make it a better place for all, including those of us in what I call the forgotten ward.”

While they will not be on the ballot in Plainfield, the Progressive Democratic team includes State Senate candidate Jason Krychiw of Union Township and State Assembly Candidates Aissa Heath and Ricky Castadena of Elizabeth. The 22nd district includes Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle, and Union Township. You can learn more about their campaign here.

The 2021 Democratic primary will take place on June 8th, and in-person voting will return.

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