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Brian Kelly Not Running for Commissioner

The leader of a Haddonfield grassroots group decides against a run.

Brian Kelly, the face of Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that successfully spearheaded the opposition to the Bancroft public purchase referendum, has decided not to run in the borough commissioners election in May.

Voters rejected the referendum last month.

"I think it would compromise what we can do on the outside," said "We really can provide checks and balances."

Kelly said he thinks some people may see him as divisive, but others stop him on the street to ask if he's running.

"People ask me all the time 'Are you running, are you running?'" he said. "I've said no so many times."

Kelly frequently comments on stories about local government and schools on Haddon Patch. The $12.5 million Bancroft referendum was a signature effort for his group after being greatly outspent by opposition.

"When it comes right down to it, turf field doesn't represent the vision of the town," said Kelly about one of the key components of the Bancroft purchase and redevelopment.

All three seats on the board of commissioners are up for election in May. Incumbent Jeff Kasko and former Commissioner Neal Rochford already announced their candidacy, while long-time Commissioner Tish Colombi is stepping down. Commissioner Ed Borden has not yet announced his plans. 

Mrs. Silance Nogud February 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Additionally, my spouse and I contribute a significant amount of time and money serving, and leading, for several local organizations. The main reason I remain anonymous is that I don't want my opinions to enter into the dialog of the non-political groups that I lead.
Adam R February 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Mrs. Nogud, I checked your comment history and saw a lot of criticism and negativity. I'm not saying that's bad, but I think that Mr. Kelly worked hard for what he believed was best for our town and the people that live here. He brought to light our crumbling infrastructure and pointed out that some of our leaders were on a spending spree that would have increased our debt by many millions of dollars. Both sides presented their side of the issue, and even though the vote yes people had vastly more resources to get their message out, in the end, the people had their say with their vote. Mr. Kelly didn't trick the voters into voting no. He stated his honest opinion, and inspired our citizens to look more deeply at what the referendum was all about.
Mrs. Silance Nogud February 23, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Snarky and sarcastic? Probably. Critical and negative? Maybe. Personal and slanderous? Never. What crumbling infrastructure? Show me the buckets under the leaking roofs. Show me the report of mold. I think there were a lot of other issues that got lumped under "Just say no!" And we missed a once in a lifetime opportunity. I guess the main mistake of the "Yes" group was taking the high road, and playing the politics of, "Can't we all get along?" Honestly, a lot of the facts driving the emotion of the vote were wrong. The future of Radnor being the most obvious.
Jack S February 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Silence Nogud: Rhode Island is tops in terms of population loss? See http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2013/02/09/comparing-lists-did-residents-flee-states-because-of-taxes/ Also, what does John McCain or the tea party have to do with any of this? The bond was defeated by local voters of many political/nonpolitical stripes. Are you next going to suggest that the communist party defeated the bond? In terms of Mr. Kelly's comments, I look at his comments in the aggregate, and they were overwhelmingly positive. For someone who was constantly bombarded by specious, non-factual arguments and personal attacks, Mr. Kelly managed to keep his cool 99.9% of the time. It's fine if you don't like the result of the bond referendum. If that's the case, come up with a better proposal and put it to a vote. But this sort of attack on the non-candidate after the fact smacks (again) of sour grapes.
Adam R February 23, 2013 at 01:15 AM
OK: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=490015954373281&set=a.421851774523033.90631.409279199113624&type=1&theater

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