Who's In, Who's Out of Commissioners Race, So Far
The filing deadline is on March 15 for a pivotal Haddonfield Board of Commissioners race.
Editor's note: This story was last updated 12:08 a.m., Feb. 28.
Haddonfield will officially have a contested race for board of commissioners as four candidates have now declared their intention to run.
There are three commissioner seats on the ballot, all for four-year terms. Voters go to the polls on May 14 for the nonpartisan election.
Incumbent Commissioner Ed Borden was the latest to throw his hat into the ring, announcing he intends to seek another term in office. Borden was elected to the board in 2005 and is completing his second term.
Incumbent Commissioner Jeff Kasko is seeking re-election for another four-year term on the board, the borough's highest elected officials. Kasko was first elected in 2009.
Newcomer Lee Albright, a fixture of Haddonfield groups such as the historical society and civic association, declared her intention to run in an email to supporters. She planned to formally kick off her campaign on March 3.
Neal Rochford, 52, an insurance saleman and consultant, announced he will try to reclaim a commissioner seat after losing in 2009 by eight votes to the third-place candidate, Kasko. Rochford served on the board from 2005 to 2009.
The biggest surprise so far was the decision of Letitia "Tish" Colombi to not run for re-election after 28 years as a commissioner. Colombi, 67, a retired homemaker and the only woman ever elected to borough government, has been the mayor for the past 12 years.
Grassroots activist Brian Kelly, 57, a massage therapist has also announced he will not run. Kelly and his Haddonfield United group spearheaded a successful campaign last month to defeat a $12.5 million bond referendum for a public purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property.