Dagsboro Mayor and businessman S. Bradley Connor and Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman and real estate consultant Bob Wheatley of Laurel will face off Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the Sussex County Council District 5 seat.
Dagsboro Mayor and businessman S. Bradley Connor and Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman and real estate consultant Bob Wheatley of Laurel will face off Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the Sussex County Council District 5 seat. The winner of that contest will move on to face the winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary between incumbent Vance Phillips of Laurel and real estate agent Rob Arlett of Frankford.
Q Why are you running for Sussex County Council?
CONNOR I am running, because I am concerned with the current way the council works, without respecting their citizens or including them in decisions that will have longtime effects on our beautiful county. I have over 20 years of experience in the town of Dagsboro as mayor and a councilmember and have been the president of SCAT (Sussex County Association of Towns) and vice president of the Delaware League of Local Governments. I know how government should work and I have never received a salary for my work. I now want to bring my experience and skills to Sussex County.
WHEATLEY Sussex County has supported my family and me through my business activities for 35 years. In this next phase, I want to honor that support by serving the people of Sussex County, and District 5 in particular, on county council. The privilege of public service was ingrained in me at a young age as I watched my parents serve in various elected and volunteer capacities, offering their time and talent in a number of community endeavors. I’m doing my best to follow their good example as I offer my service to the people of District 5.
Q Why should voters cast their ballot for you?
CONNOR I have a record of working across party and town lines, and with the state and federal governments, to bring grants and resources to our towns on the western side of our county. We pay state and federal taxes and we should get our fair share back. Dagsboro has the lowest water and sewer rates in the county, because of my 10 years of work. I will be, and am, accessible to listen to the people’s concerns and recommendations. In going door to door, I have already received several pieces of advice and questions. I am already working on them.
WHEATLEY With 20 years of county-level experience on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, the last nine as chairman, I’m uniquely qualified to serve on county council. Land use issues comprise the bulk of county council’s work and I will arrive with a thorough knowledge of the issues and the ordinances that govern them. My business experience provides the background for sound fiscal and management practices. The combination of the two has instilled in me leadership skills and the ability to think creatively to develop solutions that make life better in Sussex without breaking the bank.
Q What promises are you willing to make to voters if you are elected?
CONNOR I’ll work on jobs by staffing the Sussex County Office of Economic Development with someone with a track record of in bringing/creating jobs. I will work with the state office of economic development to develop a plan for bringing good paying jobs to our county. I know by working with the state before, that if we establish a working relationship, we can make things happen. I will continue to work to establish broadband Internet capabilities on our side of the county. We will not be able to attract businesses and industry if they do not have access to Internet.
WHEATLEY I promise my best efforts to deal with county matters fairly, ethically and thoroughly in the best interests of the people of the 5th district, in particular, and Sussex County in general. I promise to offer practical solutions. The evidence is already on display with my solutions to reinvent economic development, enhance the code of ethics and address land-use issues. I promise not to play partisan politics with people’s lives or livelihoods, or with the issues of the day. County employment decisions should be based solely on need and qualifications without political meddling. Issues should be decided solely on the facts and the best alternatives available.