Friday, April 25, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Asking for Votes

The following is a letter to the editor I had published in the Cape Gazette today.

This is a time of change for the city of Lewes.  We’re thanking an outgoing mayor and welcoming a new one.  We’re adding a new member to City Council. We will soon add a city planner.  We face some serious challenges.  At this time of change, I’m asking the voters of Lewes to put me on City Council to help meet those challenges.

I’ve spent 15 years on the Lewes Planning Commission.  I’ve had an advisory role in crafting city policy. It’s time for me to step up to the next level and become a strong voice on Council guiding policy and connecting Lewes with its neighbors, with the county and the with the state.

I’ve lived in Lewes for 27 years. I raised my family here. I know this city. I’ve worked for 25 years for the state in roles that let me work with leaders of other Delaware cities, with county governments, and with the state agencies that are important to our future in Lewes.  I have the knowledge and experience to help integrate a new city planner into our community and into the larger community we must work with for the future of Lewes.

The issues and challenges facing Lewes are not just within our municipal boundaries. What happens around us will impact life in Lewes, for good and ill.  We must have a presence and a voice in Georgetown and in Dover. We must be a partner with the state and county, and with our neighboring cities and towns.

My long experience as a resident and volunteer in this town, and my professional experience in inter-agency and intergovernmental coordination at the state level, make me the right person to help us expand our partnerships.

Please vote for me on May 10.

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