Quinton Law has made township history as Moorestown’s first elected Black councilman. He took up his post in January after former Deputy Mayor Brian Donnelly resigned.
“It’s (truly) amazing how much history has come to our community, but to be a little piece of that as the first elected Black council person means the world to me,” he said. “When you get that vote of confidence from your community, it’s truly surreal.”
Law is a third generation Moorestonian who cherishes the support from his family, specifically his grandmother.
“(That) vote meant the most to me,” he noted. “She came here because she believed in this community, and the fact that her grandson is the first Black council person, I think that’s truly special.”
Law met with members of different political parties during his campaign to hear their concerns.
“I (immediately) started meeting with people, anyone that I knew in Moorestown,” he said. “We had over 75 one-on-one meetings where I sat down with people from February to June.”
“I’m willing to sit down with anybody,” Law added, “not just Democrats, but Republicans and independents (too) and say, ‘What can I do for you and your family?’”
Law and his fellow council members have authorized significant improvements for the town, such as the Microbrewery and Winery Distillery Ordinance and completion of a pollinator park across from Swedes Run.
Law is also a co-liaison for the Better Together Task Force who cited the Better Together Moorestown community survey that closed on Oct. 31.
“I am (so) proud of the work that they have done,” he said. “I hope that they can be a township committee so we can be proactive about issues around race, gender, faith and sexual orientation.”
Law is excited to see Moorestown’s businesses and mall continue to thrive.
“I would love to see the development of Lenola and making an extension of our downtown,” he noted. “(I think) Lenola has such potential, and I want to see Lenola have the bustling downtown just like (our) Main Street. But I also want to make Main Street the best that it can be as well.”
Among other things, Law explained that council has invested in township departments by bringing in Kevin Aberant, the township manager; hiring a new solicitor and a public information officer; and looking for revenue sources in order to lower the tax rate.
“Every decision that I make (up there) on the dais will be with the thought, ‘How does this affect the Moorestown taxpayer? And how can I create revenue to give Moorestonians the services they deserve, but also keep costs low?’” the councilman explained.
Law has many plans for what he would like to accomplish as councilman, including creating a municipal internship program, starting a task force to address speeding issues in town and completing the Lenola redevelopment project.
“Moorestown is a diverse community,” he said. “You have people that come from (literally) every corner of the earth, all walks of life, and they have so much value.”
“That’s why this is such a special place, because we have that diverse perspective,” Law added. “And they add so much value into our community, which is truly amazing.”