Millsboro will hold its annual municipal election on June 8 to fill the District 1 seat on the Town Council.

Millsboro will hold its annual municipal election on June 8 to fill the District 1 seat on the Town Council.

Incumbent Tim Hodges, who has been on the council for six years, has been challenged by residents Joseph Brady and William Howlett.

Hodges, 48, is originally from Florida, but has lived in Millsboro for 24 years. He has a degree in engineering from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. He now owns a building company in Millsboro. In the past, Hodges has served as a Boy Scout leader, and he is currently active in his church.

Hodges said he originally decided to run for council because he wanted to give back to the community.

“I’ve been in business in Millsboro since I moved here,” he said. “The town has been good to me and I wanted to start giving back.”

Hodges said since he’s been on the council, the town has attracted several businesses and has upgraded its sewer and water systems. One thing Hodges said the town currently struggles with is traffic.

“Hopefully the council can team with DelDOT and get back on track to build a Millsboro bypass,” he said.

Hodges said his previous experience, leadership on the council, and his service on various council committees makes him a good fit for the job.

Joseph Brady, 79, is originally from Claymont. He graduated from Claymont High School in 1951 and went immediately into the U.S. Marine Corp. He spent three years in the military and is a Korean War veteran. He worked at the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery for 25 years and retired in the purchasing department.

Brady is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and is a member of the Millsboro Lions Club, the VFW and the American Legion. He is also active in his church – Grace United Methodist.

Brady previously served on the council for 12 years, serving the last five as mayor. He did not file for re-election in 2007 because he wanted to spend more time in Florida. He said he does not plan to return to Florida this year.

“I want to run again to keep busy,” Brady said. “I’ve still got a lot of years left in me to help this community.”

Brady said there are few issues facing Millsboro, but he’d like to continue work on Cupola Park, which he helped develop while he was on council.

Brady added that his experience and his familiarity with the people of Millsboro make him a good fit for the council.

William Howlett is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in Millsboro for 40 years. Howlett has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Delaware. After 30 years of teaching agriculture and science, Howlett is retired from education. For the last six years of his career, he was an administrator at East Millsboro Elementary School. He also sat on the Indian River School District board of education for three years. Now, he and his wife own a property rental company. Howlett is a member of the Millsboro Lion’s Club.

Howlett said the biggest issue facing Millsboro is traffic.

“I think the traffic patterns can be changed so it could go through Millsboro a lot quicker than two miles per hour,” he said, adding he’d also like to ensure the town’s new sewer and water systems are not detrimental to residents and the environment.

Howlett said because he has no municipal government experience, he expects a learning process. However, because he sat on the school board, he does have public service experience, so he doesn’t think it would take him long to catch on.

The term for John Thoroughgood, the representative for District 2, also expires this year, but he is unopposed in the election and will retain his seat.