PLAINFIELD — With all five town council seats up for grabs, the Primary Election race is heating up in Plainfield.
There are currently eight Republicans running to fill the five open seats.
Two of Plainfield’s incumbents, Renea Whicker and Robin Brandgard, are running unopposed for their council seats.
Whicker is running to fill the District 2 seat on the council and completed her first term in that office. Prior to sitting on the town council, she was on the Plainfield Plan Commission for four years.
“I am a citizen that desires to stay informed and be an active participant in the community where I live and make a difference in the future of Plainfield for my children and my students,” Whicker said.
She said she wants to return to office to continue the work that needs to be done on the local level.
“These past years have included challenges not only to our federal, state, and county governments, but to our municipal government as well,” Whicker said. “Department heads worked diligently to cut budgets where cuts can be made. While making every effort toward a paper-free environment, some departments have been able to plan purchases in buying groups, thus going the extra mile and taking the time to save money.”
Brandgard, representing District 4, is also running unopposed. He has been serving as the board’s president. He graduated from Plainfield High School in 1961 and worked 45 years for Allison Transmission, GMC, before retiring in 2007.
“The main issue that the Plainfield Town Council is facing right now is funding the town’s budget and maintaining the services that the citizens of Plainfield want and expect,” Brandgard said. “Through good management and the prudent use of funds available, the town council has been able to do this while not letting any employees go.”
He said he’s running for office to maintain the currently high quality of development and planned growth expected in Plainfield. He said it’s very important to him that the council serves all of the citizens equally and to maintain and improve the town’s “quality of life.”