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Borden's Candidacy Gives Haddonfield a Contested Commissioners Race

The incumbent commissioner seeks a third term on Haddonfield's board of commissioner. There are now four candidates for three seats.

Commissioner Ed Borden announced Wednesday that he will seek a third term on the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners.

Borden has been a practicing attorney for more than 25 years and is a former Camden County prosecutor.

“I believe that my experience as a lawyer and prosecutor has been a big plus for our public safety forces," Borden said. "It comes in handy almost daily in my work with our police.”

He joins incumbent Commissioner Jeff Kasko and challengers Neal Rochford, a former commissioner, and Lee Albright as declared candidates for three, four-year terms. All three seats on the board are open concurrently every four years.

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“We in borough government have to remember that we are in the service business and always strive to deliver the bread-and-butter items our taxpayers demand,” Borden said in a statement. “Haddonfield deserves commissioners who embrace creative and innovative approaches to the challenges faced by local government. I believe that I bring that kind of perspective to the job, as well as practical knowledge and valuable experience, including eight years as a commissioner and director of public safety.” 

Borden said that his priorities will be keeping the overall property tax burden as low as possible through shared services arrangements with neighboring towns; supporting the downtown business district; exploring sale or privatization of the operation of the aging municipal water system; using the resources of borough government to empower Haddonfield’s volunteer organizations; and concentrating on the bedrock services of police and fire protection, street repair, leaf collection and snow removal.

He is a senior partner with Earp Cohn, P.C., a Cherry Hill law firm. For five years, he served as Camden County prosecutor, the county’s chief law enforcement officer. In that position, he had supervisory responsibility for the county’s 37 municipal police departments.

Borden, a Democrat, said he opposes a countywide police department, which has been proposed by the Democrat-controlled Camden County Board of Freeholders.

“What we don’t need,” he said, “is to be part of any county police department. What we do need is to explore cooperative arrangements with nearby towns to share costs and thereby reduce expenses, particularly in senior management and administration.”

Haddonfield elections are nonpartisan and candidate's party affiliation are not printed on the ballot.

Borden pledged that he will continue to accept no borough health benefits and to contribute 100 percent of his borough salary to Haddonfield-related nonprofits and community organizations. 

Borden’s civic service includes five years on the Haddonfield Board of Education. In both races for the school board, he received the highest vote total of all candidates, according to his news release. He served on the finance, curriculum, technology and policy committees, and chaired the latter two. He was instrumental in the board’s strategic planning initiative.

In 2002, Borden was asked to chair the Camden Diocese Commission for the Protection of Children. The commission’s report was one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching responses to the clergy abuse crisis. In recognition of his work, Borden was awarded the Bishop’s Medal and the St. Thomas More Society Award. He is a member of Christ the King Parish.

Borden’s wife, Barbara, is a special education teacher. Their daughters, Emily and Meg, are both HMHS graduates. Emily graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2011 and Meg is in the nursing program at the University of Scranton.

For further information on the campaign, visit the campaign website at Borden2013.com or email Ed at efbordenjr@gmail.com.

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John Drake March 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Bill - If all you do is post comments saying what a great job the Commissioners are doing and what a thankless position it is then of course you don't have to worry about repercussions. Woe to the person who posts something negative about Lee Albright and then has to face the Spanish Inquisition of the Historic Commission. Get ready to submit if you want them to approve.
John Drake March 08, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Has anyone looked at the platforms of any of the proposed candidates on their websites? Do any of them take a position on anything? Lee Albright's big push is to use "technology" so that residents can better communicate with borough officials. Someone should clue her in to this new thing called "email". I hear it's all the rage. I don't think the problem is that residents can't communicate with officials it's that the officials don't want to listen. Anyone addressing our high taxes, runaway spending and overstaffed Borough Hall? This town is in big trouble.
Susan Hoch MD March 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Lee Albright does not have a website up and running at this time. Her Facebook page does not mention her candidacy and seems more like a personal Facebook page. I agree with you about some of the problems. The other problems relate to issues about the County and the state and the contracts with teachers and borough workers that need to be changed but will have to wait to the next round of negotiations. The other issue that I have mentioned previously is trying to identify any sources of new revenue besides raising our already astronomical property taxes. I wait to hear about this from all the candidates.
Susan Hoch MD March 08, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer Lee Albright November 10, 2005 BANCROFT SITE: DO THE MATH Is there any way, short of finding an authentic crystal ball in a Haddonfield antiques shop, to show the future of the Bancroft site? Actually, there is, and you don't need an obliging fortune-teller, just a calculator and a few Cost of Community Services work sheets. Since the late 1980s, more than 100 communities nationwide at crossroads similar to Haddonfield's have used a financial-analysis tool called a Cost of Community Services study to put a dollar figure on how much each type of land "costs" the municipality. This simple, inexpensive study takes municipal revenues and expenses in a given year, allocates each proportionally to the three general categories of land, and calculates a revenue-to-expenditures ratio. ...."Will new housing bring increased revenue or increased taxes?" .... Using land for residential purposes doesn't make money; it costs money. Analysis shows that among communities of different types, sizes and locations, the median ratio for residential land is $1 to $1.15; i.e., for every $1 of taxes generated, $1.15 in municipal services was required. ...... ..... we can throw away that crystal ball and look at the cold, hard facts. Developing the Bancroft site might cost us all much more than we ever imagined, both in taxes and lost opportunities. Wouldn't it be ironic if, by chasing ratables, we only guaranteed a higher tax burden for everyone?
Jim March 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
The commissioners except Jeff do not respond to email so you are wasting your time trying to communictate Tish Columbi has never responded in the last 12 years

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