Boyne announces he’s running for mayor

David Boyne

David Boyne

Saying he believes a change of leadership is needed, Councilman David Boyne has announced he intends to challenge Mayor Dave Fried in the Nov. 5 election.

Both Boyne and Fried are registered Republicans, but candidates for municipal office in Robbinsville run without political party labels. Instead of competing in June primaries, municipal office-seekers must obtain the signatures of 84 registered voters on nominating petitions by Sept. 3 in order to be listed on the ballot.

“My platform is one of fiscal conservatism, integrity and transparency,” Boyne said on July 19. “I believe a change in leadership is in order and I intend to provide that change.”

So far, only Fried and Boyne have declared their candidacies, with the mayor having made his announcement last month that he is seeking a third term. Boyne said he would be actively campaigning to meet as many township residents as possible over the next four months to listen to their concerns and discuss the issues.

A 22-year Robbinsville resident, Boyne was first elected to Township Council in 2005 and served seven years until narrowly losing his seat to Ron Witt in the May 2011 municipal election. (Robbinsville has since moved its biennial municipal elections from May to November to save money and increase voter turnout).

Boyne rejoined the Township Council in November 2012 when he won a special election to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Rich Levesque. Boyne captured 59 percent of the vote to defeat interim Councilman Dennis Shennard, the candidate supported by the rest of the Township Council.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Boyne is currently the CFO of a transportation company. He has three decades’ experience as an auditor, accountant and senior financial adviser. Boyne also served on the then Washington Township Municipal Utilities Authority before it was dissolved in 2007 and its functions placed under the township’s control.

Boyne and his wife, Carol, who is the vice president of the Robbinsville Board of Education, have two grown children.






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