Carlos M. Pomares of Bloomfield was elected as District 5 Freeholder in November 2017. Freeholder Pomares has served as a strong advocate for arts, culture, and historic preservation. He previously served as Councilman At-Large in Bloomfield Township (2013, 2016) where he spearheaded the passage of an ordinance declaring the Morris Canal (1824-1924) and related sites as local landmarks. He also advocated for the creation of Canal Park, the ongoing restoration of the 19th century Collins House, and the development of the Morris Canal Greenway way finder signs and mobile app through Bloomfield.
He graduated from Caldwell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and received awards for his public speaking and internship work in museums. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University. Freeholder Pomares currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cuban Artists Fund and is a history and political science lecturer at William Paterson University and Hudson County Community College.
Other experiences include tenures at the President Grover Cleveland Birthplace, King Manor Museum, Waterloo Foundation for the Arts, the NYC Police Museum, and the Montclair Historical Society. At these museums, Pomares consistently developed educational resources and offered historic and cultural programs. Pomares has also provided executive and development expertise for nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.
As District 5 Freeholder, Pomares serves as one of nine members of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders which performs the legislative functions of Essex County, managing an annual budget of $789,000,000. District 5 includes Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, and Nutley. He serves as the Committee Chairman to: Non-Profit Funding Review; Internal Affairs; Work First NJ, Economic Development; Transportation Oversight; Finance Oversight; and the Housing & Community Development.