Former Plainfield Mayor Albert McWilliams passed away early this morning after a battle with renal cancer.
McWilliams was elected Mayor in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. In 2005, he lost his bid for a third term, losing to Sharon Robinson-Briggs by about 300 votes in the Democratic primary after losing the support of the Union County Democratic organization. He later switched to the Republican Party and ran as a write-in candidate. Funeral arrangements are pending.