The issues facing the borough are the same experienced by many small towns in the region, Colombi said.
"We're struggling to work within a budget that has been cut . . . and we're trying to keep taxes down in a very difficult time," she said.
Taxes have gone up less than 2 percent annually since 2008 as the borough has cut staff, outsourced services, and moved its local court to Audubon.
Kasko, a 48-year-old father of five and administrator for the New Jersey Department of Health, agreed that reducing spending was a challenge.
"We've done a good job of keeping spending at a very flat level over the past four years. Our operation costs in some cases have gone down," he said.
However, the borough needs to make a number of infrastructure upgrades, he said, and "that's hard to do with a spending cap and a property tax cap."
"We have to have control over our taxes, but for a long time those infrastructure needs were not addressed," he said. "A lot of roads are in really bad shape. They need to be regraded and replaced."
Albright, 54, president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield and chairwoman of the borough Historic Preservation Commission, said she had seen potholes so big they seemingly could swallow a car.
She agreed that roads and water and sewer lines need to be updated, but said, "The issue is how to pay for it."
Albright, a mother of four who has lived and volunteered in the borough for 26 years and also ran a printing business, said another priority was transparency in government.
"What I found is that if you don't tell people why you're doing something, what you need them to do, and explain the rationale behind it, they have trouble supporting it," she said.
Kasko agreed that there was a perception that "special interest groups . . . have a lot of influence and are heard, but ordinary Joe or Jane Taxpayer doesn't have a voice. I want to listen to and represent all Haddonfield residents."
Kouba said he entered the race because he wants to bolster small businesses, alleviate taxes for residents, and build a future for all generations.
"I've lived in this beautiful town for 13 years, I myself graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School. I chose to stay, build a business and continue to live in our unique, historic borough. But with crushing taxes and rising operating costs, we should all be very concerned about Haddonfield's future," he said in a statement.
Moscatelli said that after helping to defeat a $12.5 million bond referendum for the school board to buy the Bancroft School property, he decided to "offer new leadership to the residents of Haddonfield. Our government needs to work in the best interest of all the citizens, not just special interests. My goals will be to bring transparency and greater fiscal accountability to Borough Hall."
In a news release, Rochford, who was on the board from 2005 to 2009 and served as director of revenue and finance, said many people had asked him to run again. During his time away from the board, he helped found the Haddonfield Green Team, a community committee that promotes sustainable practices.
Borden did not return calls for comment.
Commissioners run as nonpartisan candidates. The top two vote-getters become mayor and deputy mayor.
Candidates traditionally pick colored ribbons for supporters to display. Borden's is red and black, Kasko's is gold, Rochford's is green, Albright's is royal blue, Kouba's is orchid, and Moscatelli's is orange.
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