Commissioner Borden announces bid for re-election

Ed Borden announced that he will be a candidate for re-election for a third term as a Commissioner.

“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,” said Borden. “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.

Borden brings a strong background in business and civic service. He has been a practicing lawyer for over 25 years and is a senior partner with Earp Cohn, P.C., a local 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.

His prior service also provides a valuable and practical perspective on police consolidation plans recently discussed at the county level. “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.”

The former federal and state prosecutor said that he is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to serve his community. He pledged that he will continue — as he has during his entire term in town government — to accept no borough health benefits and to contribute 100% of his borough salary to Haddonfield-related non-profits and community organizations.

Borden’s civic service includes five years on the Haddonfield Board of Education. 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 both races for the board, he received the highest vote total of all candidates.

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.

Ed’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.