BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Pedro Tavares (R) is one of six candidates, three Republicans and three Democrats, running for three seats on the Bloomfield Township Council in November.
Tavares is is a candidate for Bloomfield's Third Ward council seat. He is a Paterson High School graduate and has one son and two stepdaughters.
TAPinto: Thank you for taking the time to talk with TAPinto Bloomfield. What ideas from your personal experiences or work will you use to improve Bloomfield if elected?
TAVERAS: The organization that I run offers an example of who I am. New Jersey for Kids/New Jersey for Parental Equality advocates for parental and gender equality. We promote transparency in our government. We speak factually on how the State of New Jersey is using children and non-custodial parents to generate money for the state. In my profession I have worked as a foreman; leading, organizing and directing men and women in tasks.
TAPinto: What is the most compelling reason you stepped into the race for the Third Ward Council seat? What issue will you champion for the citizens of Bloomfield if elected?
TAVERAS: What compelled me to run is the misrepresentation and under representation in the Third Ward. The Third Ward of Bloomfield is not treated equally. I am running to get my feet in the political door in order to advocate for citizens rights.
I will champion police reform with a balanced approach; bring cops to the streets walking beats creating trust between citizens and police department. One of unions’ main concerns is safety between member and public safety.
I would like to have mental health accessible and mandatory at least once a month for all first responders. Why is it important? First responders deal with and see many things that can affect them and then adding their personal life. Why wait until something happens to seek a therapist? How many cases of police injustice can be pointed to mental health?
TAPinto: What unique strength or experience do you have that will be a benefit to the citizens of Bloomfield if you are elected? Please complete the statement: I am the only candidate who…
TAVERAS: I am the only candidate who advocates for transparency in our government.
TAPinto: Think about this scenario: A benefactor gives $1,000,000 to the town and stipulates that you have sole discretion as to how the million dollars will be spent. You also must spend the money in the 12 months following the election. How specifically will you spend the money?
TAVERAS: I will find a way to use the money to give residents some tax relief for property taxes.
TAPinto: What do you consider to be the number one opportunity associated with the current developments and proposed development plans in Bloomfield?
TAVERAS: Bloomfield is now more aesthetically pleasing and partially better functioning. There is the potential to now bring in more businesses.
TAPinto: In your opinion, what is the number one challenge associated with the new developments and how do you propose to address this challenge?
TAVERAS: In my professional work I deal with infrastructure. People sometimes avoid looking at infrastructure when buying a house and look at esthetics instead. This is what is happening in Bloomfield. The new buildings look nice and are not necessarily helping the citizens. The developers are not paying their fair share of taxes.
TAPinto: As a parent, what is the main thing that might be keeping you up at night?
TAVERAS: Public safety and traffic due to the increased number of cars on our streets.
TAPinto: What is your campaign slogan?
TAVERAS: “Taveras: Your Voice for the Third Ward”
TAPinto: What is the best way for the Bloomfield voters to reach you?
TAVERAS: They can call me. My number is 347-848-3057. I also have a Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pedrotaverasjr
TAPinto: In closing, is there anything you would like to say to the citizens of Bloomfield?
TAVERAS: Listen to the candidate. Don’t look at the political affiliation. Vote for me. Line B.