Plainfield’s new councilman is something of a political veteran, even though his appointment to fill a seat left vacant by former councilwoman Rebecca Williams’ ascension to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Elton Armady, former legislative director to the late Assemblyman Jerry Green, whose death started off the chain of appointments that left the at-large Plainfield council seat vacant, also worked as a capitol hill intern for a number of Democrats, including late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
“I recognize that this is a big opportunity to serve all four wards in the city of Plainfield,” Armady said. “But, I would say that I’m up to the challenge and am looking forward to using my energy and passion to serve the people.”
Green was replaced in the Assembly by Union County freeholder Linda Carter.
Armady, a Plainfield resident for 20 years, was elected to the city’s county committee last year.
Should he wish to keep his new post on the council – he said he did – Armady will have to win a special election in November to fill out the remainder of the term.
“I look forward the campaign road,” he said.