MORNING STAR • SEPTEMBER 4 - 10, 2008 we will face, including the availability of homeowners insurance coverage. Homeowners coverage must also be more accessible in coastal areas. I would advocate to improve building structural codes for withstanding the effects of natural disasters. I would enforce laws concerning insurance companies canceling homeowners’ policies because of reasonable claims. I would expand outreach efforts to educate the public on flood insurance. This will attract and retain insurers for availability and affordability of homeowners insurance. We must continue our progress lowering workers compensation premiums for employers aimed to get injured workers back on the job.
Sussex Council District 2 Robert Reed (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I am concerned about the lack of infrastructure, which has occurred in areas of our county where there has been a surge of growth. Now that new construction has slowed and the real estate market has significantly stalled, the Robert Reed county has had a budget deficit for the past two years. Now taxpayers are at risk for higher taxes. I do not want to see that happen at a time when families are struggling to purchase the necessities of life. I am running because of my experience in fiscal leadership and will work to trim spending and make common sense decisions. Why should voters elect you over your opponents? I have a proven record, with a commitment to community, serving as a leader in the US Air Force, as your former Sussex County Sheriff and as a current Chief of Police. As Sheriff, I gained a revenue surplus of a quarter of a million dollars, saving taxpayer dollars in my first six years. My commitment to community was demonstrated by starting many new programs for seniors and children at no cost to taxpayers. I participated in these programs, frequently on my own time, without compensation. As a Chief of Police, I have developed a new department while staying within budget. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? 1. Risk of high taxes. The budget needs to be balanced by reviewing all expense lines and finding creative ways to do more with less. 2. County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan does not ensure balancing infrastructure as we grow and State leaders have not adapted their plan. I will work with other council members and state agencies to ensure we have a plan that as we grow, we balance infrastructure and look for the best technology for waste systems at the lowest cost. It is time for out-of-the-box thinking and planning. 3. Out of control spending. This is the time to say no to special interest projects and prioritize spending projects to avoid taxpayer burdens.
4. Lack of high paying jobs. I will seek budgetary allocation be made to the Economic Development Department so that they have the resources to recruit non-pollution markets to our industrial park areas with business commitment to hire our own people, instead of markets previously recruited, where business brought their own people from other states. Should Route 404 from the Maryland State Line to Route 1 at Lewes be dualized? Road construction is funded by the state, not the county. This is a better question for our state legislature. However, I think the entire county road system should be reviewed and road improvements should be prioritized based upon traffic accident data, road congestion and areas where critical repairs are needed. County Council needs to work closely with the state making sure we address priority issues in our county. What would you do to encourage quality job growth in Sussex County? I would seek to shift budget allocations to Economic Development so they have the funds to advertise and recruit new high paying job markets. We need a collaborate effort with our schools and the curriculum they offer, which center around the job markets we want to attract that fit our culture, environment and work force. Ensuring markets have the infrastructure in our industrial park areas will be paramount for our success. Since we are only two hours away from any major distribution center, we have many advantages for job markets to locate in our county. What can the county do to help provide quality housing for average wage earners? By removing so many restrictive ordinances so that residents do not have to endure government intrusive restrictions and financial burdens. Attracting higher paying job markets so our residents can afford better housing and a better standard of living in the county.
Robert William Ricker (R) Why are you interested in holding this office? I love Sussex County, and want to see her continue to be a strong rural/agricultural lifestyle. We need growth to sustain us but the growth must be well thought out and high quality projects must be required. I joined the George- Robert Ricker town Fire Company in February 1975 and have served as fire chief, deputy chief, assistant chief, vice-president and director, was Fireman of the Year in 2001 and president of the Sussex County Fire Chief’s Association. I served two terms as mayor of Georgetown, currently serving as vicemayor, and three years on the Planning Commission. I am past president of the Sussex County Association of Towns and was appointed in October 2002 by Governor Minner as State Fire Commissioner and serve as an instructor for the Delaware State Fire School. I am the owner of Baker’s True Value Hardware in Millsboro and Long Neck.
Why should voters elect you over your opponents? I have more Planning & Zoning experience than the other candidates, this coupled with 25 years business experience as a retail business owner, 10 years in Local government as Mayor, Planning & Zoning and Councilman, 6 years in State government as a State Fire Commissioner and finally 33 years in service to my community as a Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Chief makes me uniquely qualified for the position of County Council. Should Route 404 from the Maryland State Line to Route 1 at Lewes be dualized? NO. You can’t put 20 pounds of seed in a 10 pound bag. What would you do to encourage quality job growth in Sussex County? Actively seek out an Agriculture Research company to locate in Sussex County. Enhance our Economic Development Department. What can the county do to help provide quality housing for average wage earners? Bring in higher paying jobs and raise the standard of living, don’t drop the quality of housing, raise the standard of living.
Samuel R. Wilson (R) Why are you interested I holding this office? My family has lived in Sussex County for many generations and I want to maintain the quality of life for my children, grandchildren and the future generations. Why should voters elect you over your opponents? I am a strong proponent of property rights and do not want to see the rights given to us by our founding fathers taken away. Being a self employed businessman, farmer, I understand that government should be run like a business and the county government must operate within its means. I want to maintain the low county taxes for the residents and fight against any tax
PAGE 55 increases on their behalf. What do you feel is the top issue facing the office you are seeking? How will you address this issue? With the County operating at a projected deficit of close to $4 million this year, I feel meeting the county financial obligations will be the greatest challenge that this council will face. This can be addressed by doing a top to bottom review of all the County expenditures to identify areas where funds can be better utilized. With a fresh perspective coming on Council this will allow for new innovative ideas. Should Route 404 from the Maryland State Line to Route 1 at Lewes be dualized? No. Route 1 is already over congested in the busy season, this would only compound the problem. This is a problem that Delaware D.O.T. should have addressed long ago by adding turn lanes and acceleration and deceleration lanes instead of mismanaging and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on studies by outside consultants and engineers. Dualizing Route 404 through Sussex County could have adverse affects on many residents of this district. It might not seem so until it is coming through your home. I do not feel the residents of Sussex County should be displaced and encumbered to get out-of-staters to the beaches five minutes sooner. What would you do to encourage quality job growth in Sussex County? I would make Sussex County more business friendly by providing tax incentives to businesses to bring good paying jobs to the County. What can the county do to help provide quality housing for average wage earners? Attract good paying jobs to the County to give people the opportunity to be able to afford quality housing and continue to keep the tax rates low.
Vote Tuesday September 9
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Published on Oct 14, 2009
Published on Oct 14, 2009
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