No guarantees for Oadline Truitt

Democrats say that the selection of a 65-year-old school librarian to represent Essex County in the State Assembly may be a short-term solution following the resignation of Evelyn Williams this week. Oadline Truitt, who has spent thirty years as a Democratic District Leader in Newark’s South Ward, will enter the Legislature this month without any guarantees of serving more than ten months in the seat initially left vacant following the October death of Donald Tucker. Essex County Democrats must decide in April whether they will back her in a November Special Election to fill a fourteen-month term. Truitt’s political future could be tied to the electoral successes of her longtime ally, Newark Mayor (and former South Ward Councilman) Sharpe James.

No guarantees for Oadline Truitt