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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.

, declared her intention to run in an email to supporters. She planned to formally kick off her campaign on March 3.

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.

Colombi made a tearful announcement last month about her retirement from borough government.

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.

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Scott February 27, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Eric, Good points. I think your daughter should see use before high school. My kids have been playing at the high school for many youth sports and I imagine that many girls activities will be held there when not in use by the high school. Now that we have girls field hockey coming and lacrosse starting this year, maybe she will find an interest there.
Joe Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Sue, that is a false narrative. We all voted for the Open Space tax and it is dedicated for this exact use ie improvements of ball fields specifically artificial turf. using the Open space money doesn't affect your taxes one bit. It's the best use of the money right now.
Scott February 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Brian, A sports complex does not make an education any more than the school building does. However, sports programs and other offerings such as newspaper, band, choir, student counsel, environmental club ( I could list 50-100) help to develop well rounded students. If all they did was sit in front of a book or computer then they would only be getting a partial education. Being that athletics are a key component for those that chose these activities, we need basic facilities to accommodate them just as the band requires facilities, instruments etc. Our fields need help and now they are being addressed. Our auditorium needed help and "Lights Camera Action" stepped up and with the help of the BOE or borough made something happen. Some of the most important aspects of education happen outside of the classroom itself. We can't forget that or minimize the role of sports in that equation.
Eric Johnson February 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Really Roland W.? That's what you step up to the table with?(see how i used the "s" on that one!) A better response would be just calling me STUPID like you do others. Loyal Haddonfield United member I suppose?
Scott February 28, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Brian, Take a look at this article. Just further illustration that learning is more than books and in fact benefits from activities out of the classroom. http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/02/28/17121027-smart-jocks-fit-kids-do-better-on-math-reading-tests?lite

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