Montclair, NJ – Montclair’s municipal elections aren’t until May 2024, but Councilor at Large Peter Yacobellis has started the conversation early, with an announcement Wednesday that he will be running for mayor of Montclair.
Yacobellis, in a six-minute video, explains his reasons for running, promising to create a “service corps” for Montclair to “connect people with time and talent to give, with the people and organizations who need the support, including the government.” He also stated he will form a slate in the coming months and begin his campaign in the fall.
Yacobellis ran for the first time in the May 2020 election for an At Large Councilor seat and received the most votes of any candidate.
Yacobellis has been a vocal presence on the council and known for being responsive to constituents, including hosting a town hall. He was in favor of an elected school board in Montclair and opposed the Glen Ridge fire services agreement. He has also had to refute conflict of interest allegations and later filed a complaint against those who made them.
Yacobellis serves as the executive director of Out Montclair, which provides year-round community building and educational opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ community in the greater Montclair area, and head of Montclair Pride.