Second candidate seeking Elkhorn mayoral seat
James Boardman Sr., 69, is a former alderman, EMT on Elkhorn’s rescue team, police officer and local business owner. He has served as president of the Elkhorn Police and Fire Commission, a member of the chamber of commerce and an adviser at Elkhorn High School and Gateway Technical College.
Boardman on Tuesday said he wants to bring control of city business back to the city council. He said decisions are often made at the committee level. Boardman wants the council to put projects and spending through tougher scrutiny.
“Half the council doesn’t even know anything about some decisions the city makes,” Boardman said. “That’s not the way the city is supposed to work.”
The mayoral race is wide open after Mayor John Giese said earlier this month he would not run for a third term. He started his public career at the Elkhorn Police Department in 1971 and served as chief of police from 1980 until 2002. Giese was an alderman from 2002 to 2004 and has been mayor since 2006.
“It’s just time to get away from it for a while,” Giese told the Gazette in an earlier interview.
Also in the race is former Alderman Gary L. Payson Sr. He served as alderman in the 1990s and again from 2007 to 2009. He said that he has served on every city committee.
The spring primary is scheduled for Feb. 16. Voting is scheduled for April 6.
RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
People interested in running for public office in Elkhorn must file these main forms:
-- Campaign registration statement: New candidates should file this statement before collecting or spending money and before circulating nomination papers.
-- Nomination paper for nonpartisan office: Those interested in running for alderperson should collect 20 to 40 signatures. Those running for mayor should collect 50 to 100 signatures.
Forms are available at the city clerk’s office at 9 S. Broad St., Elkhorn. They are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.