Elvin Montero, a lifelong resident of Trenton, announced his candidacy for one of the three At-Large seats on the City Council on Thursday at a campaign kickoff event. Montero has been recognized for his hard work on numerous occasions. The Mercer County Democratic Committee named him one of their “Rising Stars.”
“I’m running because I’m ready to lead Trenton. Montero said L.E.A.D. means he will listen to your concerns, engage the city government, advocate on the behalf of all our residents, and deliver better outcomes for anyone who calls Trenton home.”
Montero, is openly gay, and a first-time candidate for office. The campaign event was held at Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St., in the Capital City on Thursday evening. Third Thursday’s at Trenton Social include an LGBTQ mixer each month. He said he is no stranger to politics on the local level. As president of the Homeowners Association at the historic Ice House Factory complex in Trenton’s Chambersburg section he worked to improve the lives of his neighbors. Then, as a local Democratic Committeeman he worked with many local political groups.
“I’m proud to call Trenton my home, but our city has problems, and if we’re going to fix them, we need leadership that knows how to draw on all available resources,” he said. “We need to draw on common-sense practices to improve the way in which citizens engage with the city government, and to improve how we connect to and communicate with our residents. “
Montero promised to focus on improving the city’s public safety and security, by changing the way Trenton Police engage with the communities they serve if elected in 2018. “I believe that we need to change the way people view our city. We need to change the way that the city views its citizens. To truly provide for public safety, our residents need a positive relationship with their government, and our government needs to act as a partner in encouraging community security.”
Montero is seeking to modernize the way the city manages its relationship with local citizens he said. “We need to look at technologically-based solutions to simplify the way in which the city conducts itself to make Trenton an attractive place to live and work, and to reduce the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse in our government. At the end of the day, I’m running because I think together we can make a difference in the lives of our residents.”
The Trenton municipal election will be held on May 8, 2018.