From Chris Boardman:
On February 10, Chris Boardman filed as a candidate for president of the Harford County Council. He is a Democrat.
“Nobody forced me to be a candidate; running for an office is a voluntary activity. But the fact is that I have been a volunteer in Harford County for about 35 years.
“It started with the Joppatowne Mens Softball program, which I organized and chaired for about four years, in addition to running my own softball teams. By then I was so involved in recreation that I got elected to the Joppatowne Recreation Council as secretary. There I worked with president Bob Roddy and we obtained initial funds to develop the Mariner Point Park with Bill Nicodemus of Parks and Recreation. Later I founded a community newspaper, The Towne Crier, and ran that for almost nine years. That gave me additional experience in dealing with a wide variety of community issues.
In the late 1980’s I published a number of articles in the newspaper about the disposal of chemical munitions at Edgewood Arsenal. Later I joined an organization, Concerned Citizens for the Environment, and we pushed for an alternative way of disposal rather than burning the mustard gas on base where it most likely would pollute surrounding communities. Fortunately because of our efforts and others, chemical neutralization was done and the weapons were safely disposed of. I was vice president of that organization.
In 1986 I was recruited by the Republican Party to be a candidate for Harford County Council district A. I was concerned about the impact of development in Joppatowne on the existing sewage plant. Fortunately a Maryland appeals court eventually forced County to improve its sewage treatment because of the new development that was allowed. I lost that election. But subsequently I became president of the Joppatowne Civic Association while it was still in existence.
In the early 1990s the residents of Joppatowne were upset because the Joppatowne Swim Club was shut down and the owner wanted to sell it to an apartment developer. I was not involved in this effort initially but I was recruited to join and was appointed vice president. When the president left Joppatowne to take a job in Pittsburg, I advanced to president. We bought the club and kept it open for two years. Because we did not have the money to keep it, we wanted the county to help us. But the Rehrmann Administration and other powers that be did not allow this to happen. Nevertheless, because we bought the club and kept it as a community swim pool, it remained for another 20 years to continue to serve the community. It was encouraging to see that the Harford County Council recently favored keeping the club for the community, though its fate is still in limbo at this time.
In 1998 I ran again for the county council and lost to the incumbent, Sue Heselton, a Republican. I had since changed my party registration back to Democrat.
In 2002 I supported Dion Guthrie for county council District A, and he won narrowly over Heselton for the first of his three terms. Dion has done an outstanding job as a district council person and is running for another term.
In the interim I have also run for Congress twice against the incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger. I did not win those elections, but I felt it was important to express my views primarily on issues of war and peace especially since our nation has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then the public has seemed to catch up on these views and is not so ready to support waging war. I am encouraged that peace negotiations in the Middle East and Asia are being pursued. We need to find ways that are more constructive than war and killing.
When I saw the current opening for the Harford County Council presidency, I began to give serious thought to running for the office. I think I can be an effective president of the council. My philosophy in this role is “Community – Integrity – Harmony.” While these terms may be self-explanatory, let me just say briefly the idea of community is a commitment to inclusiveness of all people in the business of the county. Integrity refers to action in the service of the public interest over private interest. Harmony is the idea that all parts of the community or county need to work together to satisfy the whole.
Private industry and enterprise remain very important links in this process as do public and private education.
My occupations have been professional writer and registered nurse. I published hundreds of articles in various magazines. Currently I am publishing collections of books of true crime, based on original research and interviews in a series called “The Mid-Atlantic Murder Mystery Series.” The latest edition is called “Cold Cases–Solved”. The book is dedicated to my late and good friend, Harford County Deputy Bill Van Horn. It also contains other cold cases that were solved from the Mid-Atlantic states. This book and others can be obtained via Amazon.com under my pen name “Krist Boardman.”
As a registered nurse I worked since 1997 in various Maryland hospitals. For the last four years I have been working in the Maryland prison system. I work in the prison hospital/infirmary. This has been a interesting job.
I have been married for the past 45 years to my wife Dianne. We have two adult children, Kimberly and Alexander, and two grandchildren. I am 67
I plan to run a positive campaign throughout Harford County. I am looking forward to meeting lots of people and if, by volunteering as a candidate for this office, I can work further on behalf of my fellow citizens, that will be a great satisfaction.