Paterson Schools Commissioner Corey L. Teague wants to run for the First Ward Council seat that Councilman Anthony Davis says he intends to vacate.
Hobbled by an investigation, the veteran Davis – who last year was the sole Paterson Councilman to endorse Gov. Chris Christie – plans to leave by the end of the month.
PolitickerNJ asked Teague if he is now officially a candidate for Davis’ seat.
“Yes, I am,” said the 33-year old school board member, who was first elected in 2012.
“I want to be a full time councilman,” added Teague. “The 1st ward needs a council person who will work for them every day and not just on every other Tuesday night. I want to address the violence in a comprehensive way with bringing in employment training for the youth.
PolitickerNJ asked Teague what in his background gives him the credentials for the job.
“Having been a community leader in Paterson for the last 20 years,” he said. “Having been an ordained minister for at least 22 years and the fact that I’m a dedicated board member, father, husband. Most importantly that I love Paterson and I’m passionate about where it’s headed. Having served on the several boards I have learned a great deal about government and how it operates.”