MONTGOMERY, NJ – The Montgomery Township Republican Organization has endorsed first-time candidate David Cheskis to run on their ticket for Montgomery Township Committee this November, replacing retiring incumbent Township Committeeman Rich Smith.

According to Montgomery Township GOP Chairman and County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, Smith has decided to forgo his re-election bid to focus his time and energy on new and growing professional responsibilities and David Cheskis has received the unanimous support of the Montgomery Republican County Committee at its June 24th meeting.

“I am excited to be the Republican candidate for Montgomery Township Committee and to share my vision and ideas with our residents over the coming weeks and months,” said David Cheskis, the current chairman of the Township Planning Board and former Chairman of the Township Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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“Montgomery Township is a great place to live – among the best in New Jersey – and my goal is to make it even better,” added Cheskis. “I have been active in the community for nearly 20 years and, along with my wife, raised three children here. Serving on Township Committee would be an extension of that public service and a true honor.”

Cheskis has served as president of the Pike Run Master Association Board of Trustees and as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 850 and cubmaster Pack 850, in addition to others local boards and committees. He lauded outgoing Committeeman Smith for his service to the township.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Rich Smith on the Township Zoning Board and Planning Board and thank him for all of his service to our community,” said Cheskis. “From reining in spending, to reducing to debt, to preserving open space, he has made a positive impact on our town that will be felt for years to come. His are big shoes to fill.”

"The Montgomery Republican Party has stood for efficient and effective local government as well as responsible environmental and open space programs," Caliguire added. "Rich Smith has been a great member of our team and I know Dave Cheskis will continue that tradition as a candidate and as a township committeeman.”