Ken Kouba announced his candidacy for the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners today.
He is a 24-year-old barista and partner in the Jersey Java & Tea cafe on Haddon and Redman avenues.
Kouba is the sixth candidate to announce a run for the three seats on the board, the highest elected borough officials. The other candidates are incumbent commissioners, Ed Borden and Jeff Kasko, and challengers Lee Albright, John Moscatelli and Neal Rochford.
Kouba said he's running because he wants to build a stronger community.
"The community is being affected by high taxes in more ways than you think," he said during a phone interview Monday. "People have put their children through school and their children's children through school, and at the same time those children can't afford to move back into the community because of the high taxes. Kids my age are coming back with a lot of college debt, cost of living, difficulty finding jobs in their industries and I feel it's changing the community."
Kouba said he'd like to do something to "rein in taxes" but did not discuss any specific solutions. He said friends and supporters convinced him he should run.
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