On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, voters in the 2nd and 3rd wards of Plainfield will go to the polls to choose a Democratic councilperson to represent their interests on the Plainfield City council. They will choose from amongst three candidates, most outstanding among them being Rebecca Williams, a tireless grassroots community activist who has been fighting for good government ever since the day she arrived in Plainfield thirteen years ago.
Rebecca is an educator who has spent many years of her life shaping the minds of young people at Essex County College, where she is a professor, and many hours stimulating the minds of our senior citizens when she taught American literature, politics, and cultural studies at the Plainfield Senior Citizens Center. Rebecca has worked for many community organizations (Plainfield Adult School Advisory Board, Plainfield Cultural & Heritage Commission, Al McWilliams Armory Advisory Committee, League of Women Voters) as a volunteer and has supported a number of social causes in an effort to improve the quality of life for Plainfield's diverse population. She has worked on several policy initiatives over the years that have given her a wealth of knowledge that I know she will bring to the council table.
In addition, she has dedicated years of volunteer work in voter registration, voter education, and organizing and conducting school board and municipal candidate forums as an officer of the League of Women Voters of Plainfield to ensure that Plainfield residents are aware of the issues of most concern to them.
Since arriving in Plainfield, Rebecca has headed the campaigns of several of Plainfield's current and past elected officials, and has, over the years, acquired firsthand knowledge of the issues facing city residents by visiting their homes and listening to their concerns. As a founding member of the New Democrats for Plainfield, Rebecca has focused on policy initiatives for the betterment of Plainfield. Rebecca has demonstrated, through her civic involvement as a volunteer on local boards and commissions, through community clean-ups, food drives, and community cultural events, that she is committed to serving the people of Plainfield.
Rebecca will be a voice of reason on the council and she'll be visible in the community—as she always has been—and she will always fight for what's best for Plainfield. Having worked with Rebecca for many years, I know her to be a principled individual who will not be swayed by the direction of the wind, tethered to unsavory forces, tarred by the hurricane forces of political expediency, nor compromised by selfish opportunism at the expense of others.
Rebecca will be guided by the dictates of her conscience, not by the dictates of others.
Rebecca Williams has a vision for Plainfield, one that includes an aggressive marketing plan to attract developers from around the country, stabilize property taxes, enhance our property maintenance codes and property values, improve the morale of our police department (currently at an all time low), and improve the quality of life for our residents.
My friends, we need a change--we need fresh new ideas on the council, and Rebecca, who is a force for action, not silence and acquiescence, will work with the rest of the council to provide the true checks and balances that are needed to help Plainfield move forward.
It is for all of the above reasons that my 2nd Ward colleague Cory Storch and I have enthusiastically endorsed Rebecca to be our next councilperson for the 2nd and 3rd Ward At-Large seat on the Plainfield City Council.
Please join us on Tuesday, June 8th, and vote for Rebecca, who is TRULY INDEPENDENT, ETHICAL, OUTSPOKEN, DEDICATED, DETERMINED, DECISIVE, and not beholden to anyone but the people of Plainfield.
She is a REAL DEMOCRAT who believes in good, transparent government—not empty “business as usual” rhetoric, and who will remain visible and accessible to her constituents.
On June 8th, I will be voting for Rebecca, the DEMOCRAT in COLUMN D, I hope you do too. Please take a minute to view the video below--you will see Rebecca, the Community Leader and Activist, in action!