FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2018 – HORSEHEADS NY
Ed Bond, a Horseheads resident, entrepreneur and inventor, announced May 4, 2018, that he will be pursuing the Democratic nomination for the 4th District of the Chemung County Legislature.
Bond is also a former reporter for the Star-Gazette in Elmira who had spent 25 years in journalism as a writer, copy editor, page designer or journalism professor. After getting his master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, his first full-time job was to cover the Steuben County Legislature and other local news for the Star-Gazette. That experience had been an invaluable education in public affairs, Bond said.
His next job was to cover the city of Burbank for the Los Angeles Times. He then took over a series of columns for the Times about the people in the community who made a difference in the world. He left the Times to become a community college journalism professor, but in the meantime he also helped launch a newspaper in Santa Monica called The Observer.
He had met his wife, Amy, in the newsroom of the Star-Gazette, where she had been an editorial assistant. In 2001, they moved from Los Angeles to Horseheads, where Amy had grown up. Ed took a job as a copy editor at the Star-Gazette and occasionally wrote opinion pieces and columns for the paper. He also taught at Ithaca College on either part-time or short-term assignments.
“I’m running for office because unchallenged elections – or elections decided only in primaries – are unhealthy for democracy and open government. People deserve a choice. In uncontested elections, large segments of the population do not get a chance to be heard. Many don’t bother voting. They feel like their votes don’t count. They feel helpless.”
“If you want to ensure openness in government, improved communication and have a representative willing to listen to people, elect a former reporter,” Bond said.
- Ed and Amy have two sons, John [Jack], a student at Corning Community College, and Liam, an eighth grader at Horseheads Middle School.
- They also have four cats, one dog and a pirate ship treehouse.
- He’s also been an activist, trying to save the lives of dogs with canine distemper.
- Ed has a patent for a board game called MetaCheckers, which combines checkers, chess and dice. He will be launching a Kickstarter for a new version of the game, MetaCheckers: Soccer, later this year.
- Ed co-wrote a story for “Star Trek: Voyager,” which aired in March 1996. In the episode, one of the characters uses the skills of an investigative reporter to expose a spy and save the ship.
- Ed is an unapologetic sci-fi nerd, which is why he has launched his campaign on May 4: “May the FOURTH be with you!”