Elkhorn Common Council appoints former mayoral candidate to seat

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staff, Gazette
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

— The Elkhorn Common Council appointed a former alderman and two-time candidate for mayor to represent the city’s fifth district Monday, replacing a councilwoman who resigned in April.

James Boardman, 73, of 312 W. Fourth Ave., was appointed to the council seat at a special meeting Monday night.

He replaces former Alderwoman Kim DeHaan, who resigned April 16, citing tensions between the council and Mayor Howie Reynolds.

Boardman ran against Reynolds for mayor in 2010 and 2012 but lost each time.

Boardman, a manager and purchasing agent for Mann Capital Management, served on the council from 1976-1982.

“I thought I could do some good for the city, so when the opportunity came up I applied for it,” Boardman said.

Updates to city hall, the swimming pool at Sunset Park and issues with rainwater ending up in the city’s sewer system are among the most pressing issues Elkhorn faces, Boardman said.

Still, Boardman said he is not entering the job with any particular agenda.

“I just want to get the job done without getting the taxes any higher,” he said.

DeHaan ran unopposed and was re-elected April 2, but resigned weeks later in a letter to Reynolds.

In her letter, DeHaan said Reynolds has not been a good leader for the council.

“It seems when issues come up within the city you work against us instead of with us to solve issues,” DeHaan wrote.

Although DeHaan was elected to a two-year term, Boardman will only serve for one year before coming up for re-election.

Last updated: 10:36 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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