Cary Africk Will Not Seek Re-Election In May
Africk said there are many excellent candidates running for town council
The political landscape in Montclair continues to shift with 2nd Ward Councilor Cary Africk announcing Monday afternoon that he will not seek re-election in May.
Earlier this month, he had been one of the first candidates to throw his hat in the ring.
"After considerable thought, I have decided not to run for re-election on the Montclair Town Council," Africk said in an emailed statement. "Prior to serving on the council, I was involved in many local and regional volunteer efforts.
"I intend to continue this work, staying active within this great community," he said. "A special thank you to the people of Montclair for giving me the privilege to serve them on the council for the last four years.
"I have learned much, built stronger networks, and have gained greater appreciation for the demands of public service," he said. "Montclair has fantastic resources and wonderful people. There are many excellent candidates who are running for township council. I have great faith in our mutual future!"
Already at least 26 people have expressed an intention to run in May's nonpartisan election.
Elected in 2008, Africk has been one of the more active and vocal of all council members, often coming to blows with Township Manager Marc Dashield, Mayor Jerry Fried, and Deputy Mayor Kathryn Weller-Demming over matters related to the budget and spending.
Recently, he disagreed with other council members over the role the Capital Finance Committee should take, with Africk arguing that the committee should have a larger and more influential role.