Please scroll down for the candidates’ biographies and responses to the LWV’s questions.
CHARTER STUDY COMMISSION
The League posed the following questions to the candidates:
“I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because …”
Ricky Allen Smiley (Line 10 C)
City of Plainfield Resident over 30 years; More than 25 years of work experience in Municipal and County Government; Served 9 years as an elected member of the City of Plainfield Board of Education; Former President of the City of Plainfield Municipal Employees Union and the Plainfield Municipal Managers Union; Graduate of Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Politics.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because a question has been placed on this year’s ballot asking the voters of my community to authorize a Commission to examine the City of Plainfield unique Charter and make recommendations regarding its continued use or possible modifications. I have been intimately acquainted with the City Charter and its applications in City operations. I believe that I could bring some value and insight to any discussion that might lead to a charter modification. In addition to my work experience with the City of Plainfield, my graduate school studies were specifically geared towards Public Policy. The City has evolved since the last Charter study review and change. Ambiguities in our governing charter have placed the governing body, administration, and citizens at odds. The question on the ballot in my opinion is, can the City of Plainfield operate more efficiently? A charter study with an examination of best practices is a good start.
Marie L. Davis (Line 10 H)
Married to John R. Davis; Mother to four sons; Plainfield Resident for over 40 years; Member, Rose of Sharon Community Church; Employed by City of Plainfield, Public Works. Community Involvement (Past & Present) includes: Planning Board, PTA/PTO Member/President, Budget Advisory Committee, Board of Education Member/President, East 2nd Street Revitalization Committee, Plainfield Democratic Committee.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because I know I will be an asset to the commission. I have worked and served on many committees in the City, and I understand city government and how it should function. I have read the Charter. It’s a well written document, but it does need to be revised in some areas. Times have changed, and the Charter should reflect those changes. I agree with the old adage, “If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It.” Therefore, I will only be open to making changes that will improve the efficiency and productivity of City government. If the voters approve the City Charter’s revision, and if I am elected, I will be open-minded; however, I will not cater to any special interest groups. My main objective has always been to make Plainfield a better place.
John R. Davis, III (Line 10 G)
Married to Sheree for 13 years and father of 3 children, Elijah Isaiah, Leah Nicole and Joshua Immanuel; Son of John and Marie Davis who have been married for 50 years; 48 years old and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1981; Attended Union County College; Currently employed with the Department of Law & Public Safety (Juvenile Justice Commission), holding the position of Youth Worker Supervisor;
Deacon/Chaplain at Rose of Sharon Community Church in the City and former Superintendent of Sunday School; Chaplain at Essex Transitional Community Home in Newark; Leader of practical gospel life skills study group of teens. John is a certified instructor at the Training Academy in Sea Girt. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing chess, reading, and watching the Giants.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because I believe in the prophet Isaiah’s word that the government shall be upon his shoulder. Our city charter has not been revised since 1968 and I welcome the opportunity to become a part of a team that can review its contents to ascertain if any amendments should be implemented.
Carrell E. Martin (Line 10 I)
Born and raised in Newark, NJ; Attended Newark Public Schools; Divorced mother of three daughters; Resident of Plainfield for 17 years; Retired from Verizon Communications; Currently employed part-time. Community Volunteer Work includes: CITE – teaching and educating youth on the use of technology; Verizon Pioneers – volunteered hours for the Special Olympics as judge; Worked as mentor for teenage mothers at Plainfield High School; Assisted with gathering donations for the Plainfield Senior Center; Elijah’s Promise – volunteered as a server to feed the hungry.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because after 44 years it would be in the best interest for both the citizens and municipality to study and review whether amendments can improve the current charter in the following areas: Accountability, Effectiveness, Economically, and Efficiency. One of my goals if elected as a member is to provide transparency and ensure accountable measures are put in place on behalf of our tax payers. I feel this position affords the opportunity to hear the concerns of our residents, communicate this to the leaders, and make recommendations as necessary.
Jeanette Criscione (Line 10 D)
Jeanette is a six-year resident of Plainfield. During that time she has volunteered her time for several community ventures, including: Member of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee; Hillside Area Neighborhood Watch (HANW) Association; Member of the Historic Preservation Commission; Supporter of the Plainfield Symphony and YMCA of Plainfield. Jeanette is a Business Management Consultant focusing on helping businesses with improving their processes and organization. She believes that her experience in helping businesses run efficiently and effectively, as well as her desire to bring good government to the citizens of Plainfield, will be an asset and add value to the analysis of the type of charter that will best serve Plainfield citizens. Jeanette takes an active interest in Plainfield's government, as you can see her at most City Council meetings, as well as special Ward meetings. Jeanette has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Caldwell College and a Master's in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because I believe that Plainfield citizens DESERVE a well-run government, one that is efficient and cost effective. Our charter has not been reviewed for 43 years, and we owe it to ourselves to look at the charter and make sure that our laws address our needs as a city. I also believe that it is essential that the general public be able to understand the basic document of their municipal government which details how their government works. Without citizens being able to understand how their government works, there can be no effective citizen participation. I ask for the privilege of being one of the citizens who will look at the charter, and make sure that it is the best document to govern you, and me, and all the citizens of Plainfield.
Mary E. Burgwinkle (Line 10 C)
Mary Burgwinkle has lived in Plainfield for 30 years. She is an attorney, licensed to practice law in New Jersey. She worked in the legal and banking industries for 25 years prior to her retirement in 2007. Mary received her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts/Amherst and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Mary has been an active volunteer for a number of community organizations, including: Plainfield Symphony-current board member and longtime volunteer; YWCA-past board member, vice president; Historical Society of Plainfield-past treasurer and board member; Democratic City Committee-past Treasurer and past elected committee member from Ward 2-District 9; Past treasurer for 5 candidate committees in various Plainfield elections. Mary has time to devote to charter study if elected, and believes that her organizational and writing skills would benefit the Charter Study Commission.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because I strongly believe that well run municipalities should take responsibility for periodically examining their charters in the same manner as private sector corporations review and update their articles of incorporation and bylaws. Our City Council has signaled the need for examination of our 43-year-old special charter by unanimously voting to place charter study on the ballot in November. Plainfield should embrace this opportunity to critically review its charter for provisions that are obsolete and may have fallen out of use and to consider other options. The risks of governing outside the provisions of an outdated charter include the possibility of inefficiency and confusion in the administration of the City. A Charter Commission presents a unique opportunity for a community wide civic dialogue on the adequacy and efficiency of our present form of government. Plainfield should seize this opportunity to consider whether to make improvements that could make the City government run more smoothly in the future. I am confident that my running mates (Ms. Criscione, Mr. Smiley and Mr. Stewart) and I have the combined skills to complete this task in a timely and cost effective manner.
John Stewart (Line 10 E)
Originally from the Washington, DC area; Seven-year resident of Plainfield; Proud son of a U.S. Army career soldier and Vietnam Veteran; Supporter of Historic Preservation Commission and Plainfield Symphony; This Old House Publication: Best Old House Neighborhoods 2012 Award (National Designation); TLC Network: House Featured in episode of Four Houses; This Old House: Restoring Homes and Building Community in Plainfield’s Van Wyck Brooks Historic District – Star Ledger; NJ Monthly: History Lesson (November 2012). John is a communications professional with experience in helping Fortune 500 companies, International Nonproﬁts and a Presidential Campaign exceed expectations in the digital marketing and communications sectors. A large component of this success is deﬁned by timely delivery of deliverables under budget. John had studied in London, England and has a BA from Ravensbourne College of Communication and Design. If elected, John believes his experience in leadership, organizational development, business process improvement, and business requirements acquisitions will beneﬁt the Charter Study Commission.
I am seeking the position of Charter Commissioner because I strongly believe there should be an assessment of our 43-year-old special charter. Times change, and that includes how government and business operate. An obsolete charter can be responsible for many city challenges such as inefficiencies, improper spending and lack of process. A relevant City Charter can provide checks and balances for our city government and also a voice to Plainfield residents on a platform to drive our city forward.
PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
The League posed the following questions to the candidates:
1) What is the most important task the school board needs to address immediately following the election and how can you contribute to accomplishing this task successfully?
2) Do you understand the role of the superintendent? Describe the superintendent’s role.
3) What is your vision for Plainfield Public Schools?
Jackie D. Coley (4-1) Column 4, Line 1
Plainfield resident for over sixteen years; Married to Tyrone for 28 years; Mother of three and grandmother of two; Graduated from Elizabeth High School and Union County College; Received Outstanding Achievement Award and diploma from Sawyers Business School; Employed by City of Plainfield for twenty one years, currently at Plainfield Fire Division; Secretary for the Plainfield Municipal Employees Association for over eight years; Member of St James AME Church serving on the Liturgical Dance, Pastor’s Aide and New Members Class Ministries. Jackie is a firm believer in the adage of Henry Brooks Adams, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” She states that this is why it is important, if elected, that she does her best to serve in an advisory capacity that will promote the opportunity for teachers to teach their best.
Q1: By getting the children to understand that counseling plays a very important part of their growth in education and getting more children to express themselves to one of the school’s counselors in a private setting. By working as a Board through the Superintendent to insure that the school counselors receive the most successful training available.
Q2: YES. The Superintendent is the Chief Educational leader for the District. His/her responsibility is to make sure the District is run effectively. She makes recommendations to the Board of Education with respect to all district operations.
Q3: Every child must be provided with the necessary skills that will allow him/her to be college or career ready for this century and beyond.
Keisha Edwards (2-1) Column 2, Line 1
Resident of Plainfield for 11 years; Married, mother of 3 Cedarbrook students; Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology; Owner, Kei2communication LLC, and Independent Consultant; Employed as Speech Therapist for Plainfield School District from 2005-2009; Member of the Plainfield Board of Education since 2010--Curriculum and Instruction Chairperson since 2011; Volunteer ESL instructor with Literacy Volunteers.
Q1: The primary role of the school board is to hire/evaluate the superintendent, set yearly goals, establish policy and approve recommendations from the superintendent. Immediately following the election, much like prior to the election, these tasks are accomplished by reading weekly packets, asking relevant questions, discussing and keeping abreast of issues in education and ensuring policies are current and aligned with the state and national associations.
Q2: The superintendent is in charge of the daily operation of the district. She ensures all educational, business and general operations are executed in accordance with district policy. She makes recommendations on the daily operation for board approval.
Q3: Since 3rd grade is when students shift from learning to read to reading to learn, I envision our district proactively addressing struggling readers with intensive reading programs from grades k-3. This will have both a positive impact on test scores, but more importantly the student’s ability to use reading as a tool for learning across subject areas. For our growing bilingual population, I would like to see varied approaches to learning English incorporated into our curriculum. One size does not fit all. I believe there are many students, who would benefit from an immersion program, others from the Dual Language program, which we currently provide and some whose difficulties learning English are due to learning disabilities, thus requiring special education, with bilingual special education teachers. At the secondary level, I envision magnet schools focused on math and science and vocational training. I would like to see a greater offering of AP classes at the High School, more work opportunities and life skills training for students at the alternative school, gifted and talented programs in each school and a technology rich curriculum, incorporating textbooks online and other forms of technology in the classroom.
Frederick D. Moore, Sr. (2-2) Column 2, Line 2
(Seeking 1 year unexpired term)
Born in Newark, NJ; Education – K-12 Essex County Public Schools; College – University of Maryland Eastern Shore; 41 years of Educational Experience; Retired K-12 Educator and 6-12 Dean of Students; Married, father of two sons and two grandchildren – all residents of Plainfield; Resident of Plainfield for twenty years; Fraternal Organizations – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Mason Tyre Lodge No. 29; Civic/Club Organizations – Parkside-Lakeview Block Association and Scotch-Plains-Fanwood YWCA.
Q1: The School Board needs to address a year round K-12 Gifted & Talented policy. I will contribute to this task by introducing policy language.
Q2: Yes. The Superintendent is the Educational leader responsible for administering programs that will advance the educational agenda of the District.
Q3: My vision is one that sees our students as Career and College ready to meet the future demands of the Global Economy.
DeLois “Dee” Dameron (1-2) Column 1, Line 2
(Seeking 1 year unexpired term)
Dee was born in Valdosta, Georgia; Obtained early education in Newark, New Jersey; Continued education and received a B.A. in Interior Design; Worked for CBS, Xerox, and currently Faith, Bricks & Mortar, Inc.; Lived in California for twenty-four years and relocated to Plainfield seven years ago to assist mother with terminally ill father; Family oriented, trustworthy, reliable and dependable; Member of Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway; Member of Women in Conversation; Member of Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) in Plainfield; Advocate for Plainfield Public Library, Senior Citizens, Youth and Domestic Violence Against Women; Motivational speaker.
Q1: The school board should hold a special meeting to welcome all new board members; bring them up-to-speed on the current issues and concerns of the board; do an assessment of their skills and place them on the proper committee to serve. My contribution to accomplish this task is to work in collaboration with the superintendent and board; support the objectives set forth for educating our children; have a willingness to serve others.
Q2: Yes, I understand the role of the superintendent. An effective superintendent is one who has a vision of what good instruction is and how to execute programs that will improve teaching and learning; evaluate and assess personnel and programs; enforce all provisions of the law, rules and regulations as directed.
Q3: “Without a vision the people will perish.” My vision is to build upon the foundation by setting meaningful goals to move the schools FORWARD in the twenty-first century to better serve the youth of Plainfield; to ensure everybody is moving in the direction which is critically important for growth and development; to leave a legacy of excellence.
Dollie S. Hamlin (3-1) Column 3, Line 1
Resident of Plainfield for 31+ years; Mother of three (3); Grandmother of three (3); State & Local Government Employee for 30 years (Union County Juvenile Court System; City of Plainfield Clerk’s Office, Deputy Municipal Clerk; State Department of Education – Learning Resource Center; Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority; Certifications – Qualified Purchasing Agent, Registered Public Purchasing Official; Public Agency Compliance Officer. Affiliations – Associate Minister, Ruth Fellowship Ministries; National Institute of Governmental Purchasing; Governmental Purchasing Association of New Jersey; Middlesex Central Baptist Association (MCBA); National Association of Baptist Women’s Union (NABWU); Plainfield Municipal Alliance; Volunteer Services – Union County Correctional Facility and Passaic County Correctional Facility.
Catherine (Cathy) Crittendon (5-1) Column 5, Line 1
Married (Terry); Ninth born of ten children; Two Children - One Adult Son; Six Grandchildren; Executive Assistant to CFO of a major corporation; President of Usher Board, Second Baptist Church, Metuchen; Member National United Church Ushers Association (NUCUA); Member, New Jersey Interdenominational Church Ushers Association (ICUA); Two sons attended Plainfield Public Schools and graduated from Plainfield High School; Worked at Plainfield Public Schools twice, in an administrative support capacity; Former Cub Scout Den Mother; Former member Plainfield PTO (PHS and Hubbard); Always interacted with and been a part of the lives of many children.
Q1: I would like to see school board address the policy regarding bullying in the schools. I was thoroughly dismayed—two days ago—when I found out that my niece—an eighth grader at Plainfield High School—was suspended by the principal and another administrator, because of false accusations made by a twelfth grade female student. There should be protocol in place, according to the state-mandated legislature. I have serious concerns about the lasting effects that incidents such as this can have on children who are made to sit home distraught and bewildered, with the feeling that there is no one to be an advocate o their behalf.
Q2: The superintendent is the liaison between the board of education members and the district schools. This individual oversees the operation and functionality and administration of all of the schools in the district. This person is chosen and appointed by the Board members, and this person is also responsible for assuring that policies are being followed and that curriculums are in place that allow for consistent achievement of set goals.
Q3: My vision for Plainfield Public Schools is that the district –as a whole—becomes a place where overall respect is restored, so that negative assumptions and press becomes a thing of the past. I would like to see every school have an environment about which every student can be proud to say he or she attends; all children look forward to the interaction and learning with fellow students; and they can enjoy being engaged in the various activities.
Mahogany A. Hendricks (1-1) Column 1, Line 1
PLAINFIELD CITY COUNCIL
The League posed the following questions to the candidates:
1) As a member of the governing body, what strategies would you support to increase fiscal stability in the city?
2) What is your vision for improving the quality of life in Plainfield for our youth?
3) How do you envision Plainfield four years from today?
Candidates for Council At-large
Rev. Tracey L. Brown, Democrat (8A)
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Rev. Brown was called into the ministry at the age of thirteen and preached her initial sermon. She received her minister’s license through the Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Brown moved to Plainfield in 1976 and joined the Community Baptist Church. She was ordained on December 15, 1991, under the recommendation of the Community Baptist Church Presbytery. Rev. Brown served as an Associate Minister of the Rose of Sharon Community Church in Plainfield and was commissioned and installed as Pastor and Founder of Ruth Fellowship Ministries on April 17, 1999, by her Pastor Rev. M. Laverne Ball, Senior Pastor of the Rose of Sharon Community Church. Rev. Brown is a graduate of Montclair State University and an inductee into the Montclair State University Hall of Fame for Women’s Basketball (October, 2008). She received a Continuing Education Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe and is an alumnus of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention Pastor’s Excellent Program. Rev. Brown has hosted Feed the Children Program for the citizens of Plainfield, sponsors an active food pantry, provides free funeral and repast for families in the community who are in need, provides free counseling for youth at risk, and provides workshops on gang prevention for youth throughout the state. She is a former member of the Plainfield Board of Education. She serves as a Commissioner for the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority.
Q1: If elected to the governing body, some of the strategies that I would support to increase fiscal stability in the city include: 1) solicit new businesses to come to Plainfield, that will help decrease property taxes, and decrease the unemployment rate; 2) provide financial distress management for families who experience a job loss; and 3) consult with economic experts to identify inefficiencies in the city operations.
Q2: Part of my vision for improving the quality of life in Plainfield for out youth would be to help create job opportunities for our youth; establish a mentoring program; open a full-service youth center; develop after school programs to provide a Safe Haven for students after school and job training programs and innovative education programs.
Q3: I envision Plainfield four years from now as a city with a much improved school system; a local government that is united, that is respectful of one another despite different opinions; a city where all stake holders are an integral part of decision making; a place where elected officials realize that you cannot govern effectively holding grudges and resenting people; a place where people can sit down and reason together and do what is in the best interest of the people.
Gloria Henriques, Independent (8C)
Gloria was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, graduating with honors from East Side High School. She then attended Rutgers University in Newark and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She received a minor degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She moved to Plainfield in 2009 where she found a passion and drive to serve the community. She was elected by her neighbors in the second ward, eighth district to serve on the Plainfield Democratic City Committee. She is an active volunteer for Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association as well as a member of Grace Church.
Q1: Plainfield needs long term fiscal stability with long term strategies. We need a plan and we need vision. We need to gear ourselves for more efficient and productive resourcing. An example is greening city fleets – The U.S. Energy Department will award nearly $300 million to a Clean Cities Program to help communities buy alternative-fuel vehicles. We must participate in such programs. We also need to increase our revenues by capitalizing on future developments around our transportation hubs. At the same time we must ease the tax burden on our residents by increasing efficiency in the services we provide, petitioning better contracts and peeling back the levels of government locally and at the county level.
Q2: In a city where our youth face economic hardship, seeking a way to improve the quality of life for our urban youth starts at school. We must begin early while our youth are young by promoting the many early childhood programs available. Then we need to create avenues that not only educate but also inspire our youth. We must then provide our children both the skills and the resources they need to overcome the adversity they will face in the future by partnering with the local talent in our community whether it’s our local college or with the many non profits and houses of worship in our City. We must engage our youth by teaching them to take ownership. We must also provide a sense of community, and promote secondary education and/or job skills. I would ask to serve as the council liaison to the school board if I am elected.
Q3: Plainfield is a city with great potential – our history has clearly shown that diversity and potential lingers in the heart of this city. We can and will overcome any challenges. Within the next few years Plainfield will be in a position to grow as our vision has set the stage by creating Transit Oriented hubs around our rail lines. As the economy improves these hubs and our unique housing stock will fuel our growth. And lastly, we must unite our community so we are poised for the competition and challenges we face in the 21st century.
Candidates for 3rd Ward Council
Adrian O. Mapp, Democrat (9A)
Adrian is a 33-year resident of Plainfield, having moved to Plainfield in 1979. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Amelia (Mimi), for over 32 years and together they have two beautiful daughters, Shermona and Ayisha. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Business Administration in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer and a Qualified Purchasing Agent. He also holds a certificate of eligibility as a School Business Administrator. He is currently the Director of Finance and Qualified Purchasing Agent for a nearby municipality.
Q1: I would support strategies that are built on core competencies and that are focused on responsibility, accountability and transparency in all fiscal matters aimed at restoring fiscal stability in the city.
Q2: My vision is to provide the youth of the city with resources, training, opportunities and jobs, in a safe and secure environment so as to improve their quality of life.
Q3: Four years from today I envision Plainfield as a city that has been transformed and thriving under new leadership, with businesses knocking at its doors of opportunities to get in on the resurgence.
Tom Turner, Independent (9C)
Military: Captain US Army National Guard – Outstanding Company Grade Officer; American Legion Post 219; Financial: Staff Supervisor – maintained and developed the budget for AT&T’s interstate access charges; Managed RCA’s southern NJ equipment rental & leasing program; Computer Technology: CEOT3, LLC Computer Consulting Services; Contractor – Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley; AT&T – COE – Team manager for outsource network management; Management: Platoon Leader & Executive Officer USARNG; Test Method Administrator – RCA; Executive Assistant to Chairman of AT&T for Executive Complaints; Customer Service: Customer Service Supervisor – Comcast Cellular; Community Service: Big Brother; Junior Achievement; Madison Avenue Block Association – President 4 yrs.; Plainfield – Volunteer of the Year Award; Co-Chair – Hubbard Middle School LINNC; Education: Trenton State College – BA; Rutgers University – Outstanding College Student of America; Rutgers University – Courses for Elected Officials.
Q1: Request a forensic audit to find the current state of Plainfield’s finances and identify areas of waste, fraud and abuse. Reduce all unnecessary expenditures that do not directly support critical services or impact contracted & civil service salaries. Submit budgets based on specific goals rather than intangible wishes. Limit raises for appointed staff. Increase technology that improves accountability, accessibility and encourages private sector growth and revenue generation. Lastly, use some of the ideas generated by the Citizens Budget Review Committee. After all, seven elected persons for the last 20 years have not figured this out yet.
Q2: Education – no that’s parents, teachers & school board. Offering more services – not until we get grants or a budget surplus. Realistically? Support our police and law enforcement to continue making our streets safe. Visions are for dreamers. Plainfield needs representatives that can deliver results, not promise them.
Q3: The same as it is today. Until every person of voting age begins to educate themselves and get involved in what is the single most important thing that impacts a) How much money they have to earn to maintain their families and their homes, and b) Their kids’ education and their quality of life. Until then, there will be no change. For 20 years it has been “A all the way” and “We care about kids.” We complain about the same lack of services and high taxes. Our schools are still under performing. I still pick up garbage that is thrown in front of my house. I look at the same potholes in my street every winter. I have a variable mortgage that has gone from 6.25 to 2.25 but property taxes have increased every year. Until we make a change, there will be none.
Randy Bullock, Republican (9B)
Randy has been a Plainfield resident for over 30 years. He’s a college graduate and a Vietnam vet. He was a manager for a large car rental company. He’s on the board of Faith, Brick and Mortar and on the Republican City Committee. He served on the Plainfield BOE for 2 terms.
Q1: Make a realistic budget and stick to it.
Q2: Have a good recreation director that involves the youth and their parents in programs.
Q3: Develop a better economic plan that is business friendly. Encourage the business to involve the city youth.