Sources say South Plainfield Mayor Charles Butrico, a Democrat, plans to announce at tonight’s council meeting that he will not pursue re-election.
Elected in 2006, Butrico served a single term in office.
Elected in 2008, Councilwoman Chrissy Buteas was originally expected to pursue the mayor’s seat, but the relative newcomer does not have the backing of a party overseen locally by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), who has not yet said publicly who the party intends to back.
Sources say the candidate with Democratic Party support will likely not come from the governing body.
Moreover, Republicans see an opportunity to win here in this blue collar swing town, sources say.