He was late getting back to us for our roundup of incumbents and others planning to run in the Montclair 2020 election for town council, but Joe Kavesh, who expressed interest in running in 2012 and has served as both vice president of the Board of Education and past chairman of the Montclair Civil Rights Commission, gave us an answer about what kind of candidate he would be, should he choose to run:
“If I were to run for town council next year, my focus would be on education, Township compliance with civil rights and affordable housing laws – which, at times, has been seriously lacking (time, perhaps, for a new Township Attorney) – and public and pedestrian safety. Also, Montclair faces an affordability crisis. I am seeing too many people struggle to stay here, myself included. We have to explore more in the way of shared services and other cost saving measures, what I have sometimes referred to as ‘Glen Mont Grove.’”
Kavesh, an attorney specializing in appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution and risk management, was not reappointed by Mayor Robert Jackson when his term ended on the Board of Education. He was replaced by Dr. Alfred Davis, Jr., at the same BOE meeting where Laura Herzog abruptly resigned. Kavesh considered a run in 2012, but ultimately pulled out of the race.