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Councilman Bruce Ward: Refreshing Presence On City Council

It is respectable to read of an elected official making a stance on something. Councilman G. Bruce Ward takes on the issue of eminent domain. He writes:

Developments of the size and scale envisioned for tomorrow’s Atlantic City provide considerable economic investment to the community, as well as substantial municipal property tax revenue and thousands of construction and operations jobs.

But when property owners don’t want to move, their pleas can’t be ignored. They are taxpayers. They vote or employ other taxpayers.

Note that the Councilman makes real and substantial reference to taxpayers. Real reference to taxpayers is not often heard from Councilmen, even in their monthly public meetings.

Alas, the Councilman shows himself a politician and straddles the fence between private property and pro-eminent domain interests. He states:

When it comes to eminent domain, legislators must balance the benefits of such projects with the welfare of the community at large.

There is much room for debating whether “the welfare of the community at large” is a solid justification for forcing citziens to sell personal property against their will. The Councilman comes short of supporting a citizen’s solid constitutional rights to his own property. The Councilman straddles the position of siding with eminent domain for private gain (in the name of “the welfare of the community at large”) and the position of a citizen’s right to own property.

Mr. Ward is an attorney by trade and to his credit, the courts have not done the best job of upholding a citizen’s right to own property. He mentions the unfortunate precedent of Kelo v. City of New London, CT case in Casinos versus Community?

Councilman Ward reveals his intellect, concern for taxpayers, and a willingness to be forthcoming on the issues. We take issue with his support of the needle exchange program – which he describes also as an “information exchange,” yet we thoroughly enjoy his presence on City Council. He is available for citizens and willing to discuss his votes, positions, thoughts, future plans, and ideas.  Councilman, your article sets a good example for the rest of the Council. Keep on fighting for the taxpayers.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


6 thoughts on “Councilman Bruce Ward: Refreshing Presence On City Council

  1. I don’t agree with everything Ward says, but he would be a fresh choice should he run for mayor.

    Posted by dave202 | March 2, 2008, 3:21 am
  2. I read the article and thought that, like a true politician, he says a lot of words and flipflops around, without really saying anything and taking a stance one way or another.

    Posted by chris | March 2, 2008, 12:38 pm
  3. Well, I think agree with that to a certain extent, but this is a very delicate issue. I’m not totally opposed to eminent domain, but it has to be used very judiciously. Remember Vera Coking. She’s still sitting on that junkpile across from Trump Plaza, which is her right, for sure, but imagine what that area might have become if she got the very nice buyout she was offered. At some point, you’ve just got to weigh the pubic good vs. one person.

    Posted by dave202 | March 2, 2008, 2:05 pm
  4. Bruce Ward is no more than a Bruce Ward booster, another one of these guys who go into politics in A.C with their hand out, chanting the mantra:Gimme it casue I deserve it. he singlehandedly caused the casinos to drop off millions and millions of dollars in his politically motivated grandstand of getting involved in that smoking ban, He couldn’t care less about casino workers, the city, taxpayers, or home owners. He was also big in the Trump fiasco. Incompetent, self-serving, untrustworthy. the only way he got in was with the blessing of Craig Callaway, who he promptly turned on, as did Tibbits and Small. Who do they think they’re kidding? I hope he’s a one-termer, and is prevented from doing any more damage.

    Posted by a different view | March 4, 2008, 9:48 pm
  5. Anybody with half a brain can see that “A Different View” is one of the Calloway inbred clan who reveal their ignant asses every time they speak. They can’t even comment on the topic but instead give praise to their jailed leader. Mrs. Calloway’s tears fill her coffin cause all her sons are stoopid. Oh yeah, its duh white man’s fault!

    Posted by AC Red | March 5, 2008, 10:16 pm
  6. The reminder that Bruce Ward was put in place by Craig Callaway was not meant to be complementary to Mr. Ward, more, a reminder of where this person who thinks he’s the emperor of Atlantic City came from, nowhere. He’s just an opportunist. If Mr. Ward were interested in the health of the city residents and workers, you’d think he’d be active in trying to reduce the shootings, slashings and robberies in his ward-not a word about that issue.

    Posted by puzzled | March 6, 2008, 12:04 pm

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