Republican Candidate for Harford County Executive
Billy Boniface, Republican Candidate for Harford County Executive, has released the following statement regarding his candidacy:
“Today I filed paperwork with the Board of Elections to formally become the Republican candidate for Harford County Executive in 2022.
“I have been a Harford County Republican my whole life and am proud of my Conservative voting record during my eight years as President of the County Council, where I voted three times to reduce tax rates while increasing funding for education and law enforcement.
“My administration will be based on three principles: defense of land preservation and our rural way-of-life, unwavering support for law enforcement, and Conservative policies that protect taxpayers and strengthen local businesses.
“Under my leadership, Harford County Government will continue to operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner with a focus on customer service, transparency, and accountability.
“We are out of the gate and have put together a strong grassroots team to see us across the finish line first. A lot of hard work remains, and I look forward to sharing my message with Harford County citizens over the coming months. Together we can keep Harford County on track.”
About Billy Boniface
Wanting to further serve his community, Billy Boniface was twice elected countywide as President of the Harford County Council. As a first-time candidate in 2006, he won the most votes in a contested race for local office in Harford County history to that point, and ran unopposed for re-election in 2010.
Through his strict oversight of the county’s finances during his leadership of the County Council, property tax rates were reduced three times, saving Harford taxpayers over $130 million. While cutting costs elsewhere, funding for the public school system increased by 29% per pupil, funding for the Sheriff’s Office increased by 34%, and nearly 4,000 additional acres of farmland were permanently preserved.
In 2014 Billy was appointed Harford County Director of Administration to oversee the budget and day-to-day operations of county government. In nearly six years as director, he successfully implemented the County Executive’s directives to reduce the county’s debt burden, right-size the county workforce, restore a depleted fund balance, fully-fund the public school system, and fully-fund pay increases for Sheriff’s Deputies.
In July 2020 he was appointed Chief Advisor to the County Executive to oversee key initiatives, including the public-private partnership to extend broadband internet in underserved areas, and the extension of the Ma & Pa Trail.
With over thirty years’ experience as a Partner and Division Manager in his family’s small business, Billy Boniface understands the sacrifices made by business owners and the expectation that local government should be efficient, accountable, and supportive of our existing businesses. As a father, he understands the demands of parents for excellence and accountability in our school system and the availability of quality community amenities.
Billy first learned the importance of a strong work ethic at the family’s original Bonita Farm outside of Bel Air, which was later relocated to Darlington where it remains today. He is known around the state of Maryland, having served as President of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and having been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and the Maryland Young Farmers Advisory Board. He currently serves on the board of the Maryland Horse Foundation.
Locally, Billy has been involved in many community organizations and causes, including the Level Volunteer Fire Company, Dublin/Darlington Parks & Recreation Council, the Harford Land Trust, the Deer Creek Watershed Association, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the Harford Farm Bureau, and 4-H. Billy and his wife Barbara founded and administer the Ben Boniface Memorial Fund which promotes active participation in outdoor activities and an appreciation of the scenic beauty in the Deer Creek Valley and elsewhere in Harford County.
Billy lives with his wife of 36 years, Barbara, on the family’s Bonita Farm in Darlington, where they raised their three children – Bill, Benjamin, and Bethany.