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  • Meet the candidates: Dover City Council at-large, 1st and 2nd Districts

  • Dover's muncipal elections are Tuesday, April 19.


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  • Dover municipal elections: Tuesday, April 19
    For information about election districts and polling places, call the Dover City Clerk’s Office at 736-7008.
    Pick up next Wednesday’s Dover Post for profiles of candidates running for seats in the 3rd and 4th City Council Districts
     
     
    1st District
     
    James L. Hutchison, Sr.
    Residence: Gleneagles Court
    Age: 68
    Family: Wife Cathleen; children and spouses James Jr. and Nicole Hutchison; Vicki and Sal Leone; Justin and Kristi Galloway; grandchildren Nick, Chance, Brooke, Olivia and Courtney
    Education: Dover High School class of 1961; associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology, Delaware Technical & Community College
    Occupation: Retired
    Civic organizations: Elizabeth W. Murphey School Board of Directors; Modern Maturity Center Board of Directors; Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; Delaware Police Chief’s Foundation trustee; AAA Mid-Atlantic board member
    Prior political experience: Mayor, City of Dover, 1994 to 2004; at-large Dover City Council, 1993 to 1994.
    How long have you lived in Dover? Most of my life
    Why are you running for City Council?
    The issues motivating my run for Council are: (1) Control Spending, (2) Improve the quality of services, (3) Employment opportunities. The City of Dover is a business and should be run that way. We need to be fiscally responsible in these uncertain times. This can be done by reviewing the budget by each line item and prioritizing the needs versus the wants. While the city does a good job with service items, there is always room for improvement. We need to focus on the important factors that make the capital city a good place to live, work, raise a family and retire such as: cost of living, low taxes, availability of quality medical care, quality schools, availability of transportation, safe streets, low crime rate, employment opportunities, affordability and availability of quality housing and recreational opportunities. It is important that the city of Dover operates within its budget without increasing taxes or fees.
     
    Holly L. Malone
    Residence: Shinnecock Road
    Age: 52
    Family: Husband Bill; sons Gavin, 26, and Cody, 23
    Education: Laurel High School; marketing/merchandising degree from Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
    Occupation: Kent County Deputy Recorder of Deeds
    Civic organizations: Dover Civilian Police Academy graduate; Delaware League of Local Governments; Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; Honorary Commander, 512th Maintenance Group; Delaware Commission for Women; state Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers
    Prior political experience: 1st District Dover City Council, 1993 to 2001
    How long have you lived in Dover? 30 years
    Why are you running for City Council?
    I am interested in serving the 1st District because during these economic times it is important to have someone with my experience in both the private and public sector. We need businesses to relocate to Dover. We need to maintain the jobs we have and create new ones. In February the city of Dover unemployment rate was 10%. Supporting economic growth would build an alliance between all levels of government. We must foster a better climate between city government, its citizens, state and county governments. Balancing a budget by taxing our citizens is very poor business. I am opposed to the most recent salary increases during these economic times. When I served before we froze the tax rate for eight consecutive years while providing our citizens with quality services they deserve. I am concerned about the crime in our city. During my most recent meeting with the chief he has reorganized his department to put more officers on the street and civilians behind the desk.
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    2nd District
     
    William Hare
    Residence: Woodburn Circle
    Age: 60
    Family: Wife Bonnie; daughters Lisa and Julie
    Education: Bachelor’s degree; Master of Business Administration
    Occupation: Former owner, A&H Uniforms; current owner, Always Advertising
    Civic organizations: Kent Sussex Industries Board of Directors; Dover Elks; Spring Creek Lions; Colonial Rotary
    Prior political experience: Dover City Council, 1991 to 1997
    How long have you lived in Dover? More than 35 years
    Why are you running for City Council?
    I feel there needs to be more thinking on how to prevent fee increases, tax increases and rate increases. I feel it has just become too easy to just raise taxes and fees without exploring other options first. We are in tough economic times and many people in the city are unemployed, have trouble paying their utility bills, and I feel our first obligation is to the citizens of Dover, all citizens. Help them get through these tough times and if that means holding the line on salaries, and making cuts to hold the bottom line temporarily then that is what we need to do. The citizens of Dover should be our first priority. As Frances Weyandt told me a long time ago, you are elected to do what you feel is right for the citizens of Dover, not just a few, but all the citizens.
     
    Gene Ruane (Incumbent)
    Residence: Shadow Court
    Age: 74
    Family: Married, three children.
    Education: Master’s degree in government and politics with a concentration in public administration and urban affairs from the University of Maryland; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from St. Mary’s University, Baltimore
    Occupation: Retired after 19 years of planning, management and budgeting as a principal planner in cabinet level departments of the Delaware state government.
    Civic organizations: Dover Library Foundation and Steering Committee; Legislative Committee, Delaware League of Local Governments; Transportation Committee, National League of Local Governments; Transportation Committee, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; West Dover Connector Working Group; Delaware chapter, American Planning Association; Crossgates Mayfair Wedgwood Mayfair II Civic Association; Delaware Coalition for Open Government; Irish Society of Delmarva; Rehoboth Beach Film Society
    How long have you lived in Dover? Since 1972
    Why are you running for City Council?
    Because I want to help residents access their government and resolve current issues like those facing the residents in Nottingham Meadows, Clearview Meadows and other abandoned developments. Also, because I want to continue to promote the growth and economic development of the city by a long range planning process that will: Implement the Dover Transit Center Neighborhood Plan, which provides a planning strategy for downtown; Provide a West Dover Connector road to mitigate traffic impact in existing neighborhoods while alleviating present and future traffic congestion; Provide new electric generation through purchase of power agreements with the new privately funded 10MW solar photovoltaic power plant and a proposed privately developed 150MW combined cycle gas turbine plant at the Garrison Oak Park; Make annual capital improvements to our water and wastewater systems to improve the quality of our water and alleviate the infiltration of water into the sewer system.
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    Karlton Schmidt
    Residence: Lotus Street
    Age: 55
    Family: Wife Joan
    Education: Dover High School; U.S. Air Force Hospital Technician Training; Delaware State College; National Association of Power Engineers; Institute of Real Estate Management; Community Association Institute; Building Owners and Managers Institute; National Association of Realtors.
    Occupation: Full-time real estate agent with Patterson Schwartz Real Estate, Dover.
    Civic organizations: Dover High School Alumni Marching Band; Mom’s House Dover
    Prior political experience: Past campaigns for Dover mayor and City Council
    How many years have you lived in Dover? A native Delawarean, a Dover homeowner since 2000
    Why are you running for City Council?
    Our economy has changed so dramatically that many individuals have lost their jobs, homes, businesses and healthcare. It is time our federal, state and local governments listen to the taxpayers. While individuals and businesses have struggled, our Dover leaders have increased fees, taxes, property assessments and have provided over $700,000 in raises in 2010 to city employees. Seven police officers could have been hired for that $700,000. The retirement fund is underfunded by $120,000,000. The State of Delaware pledge of $10,000,000 for the $22,000,000 library will fall short by $5,000,000 along with the projected 10% construction costs overrun that will cost $3,400 for each of Dover’s 37,000 residents; regardless of age, income or educational level. We need to reduce the cost of government to make Dover attractive for new businesses to increase job opportunities and an affordable tax base. Let’s make a new start together on April 19.
     
    Faye D. White
    Residence: Babb Drive
    (Did not respond to questionnaire)
     
     
    At Large
     
    Prameela Kaza?
    Residence: Sweetgum Drive
    Age: 61?
    Family: Husband Kris Kaza; two sons and three grandsons
    Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics; master’s degrees in finance and public administration; Certified Grant Administrator, Management Concepts, Washington D.C.
    Occupation: Grant administrator, Delaware Transit Corporation
    Civic organizations: Delaware Human Relations Commission, state Board of Architects, state Board of Optometry, Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Minority Network Organization, League of Woman Voters
    Prior political experience: Ran for state representative for the 31st District in 2002 and 2006; ran for City Council at-large seat in 2007 and 2009
    How long have you lived in Dover? 25 years
    Why are you running for City Council?
    My goal in running for the at-large position on Dover’s City Council is to serve, aid and contribute to the needs of Dover. The city needs greater fiscal responsibility and I do not think that we are currently getting a good deal. I feel it is not right to raise taxes and provide salary increases for city employees. We must also bring alternative resources to help our city reduce costs and continue to provide public services instead of cutting services. We must work harder to identify the services that the community is willing to support and cut those that they do not. Maintaining our community has to be our No. 1 priority. We must engage the interests of all the Dover residents and encourage them to stake a claim in Dover’s future by working challenges that currently our city is facing such as fiscal responsibility, lowering crime, and maintaining the quality of life.
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    Thomas J. Leary (Incumbent)
    Residence: Shinnecock Road
    Age: 60
    Family: Married, four daughters, three grandchildren
    Education: Dover High School, Wesley College, The American University, various post-graduate courses, professional licenses and designations
    Occupation: Financial adviser, Edward Jones & Co.
    Civic organizations: Kiwanis Club of Dover; Kent County Counseling Board of Directors; Mental Health Association
    Political Experience: Dover City Council 1992 to 2000, 1997 to present
    How long have you lived in Dover? 1955 to 1970, 1982 to present
    Why are you running for City Council?
    I am seeking reelection as your councilman-at-large in order to continue the fight to get control over two large fiscal issues. I have voted against the recent salary and tax increases. Recently there have been two more collective bargaining agreements and I have voted against them as well. City wages, promotions, etc. have increased over 4.14% over the last fiscal year or almost $750,000. This rate cannot be sustained.
    The city is also faced with a $120 million unfunded pension liability. This is still a manageable problem but we cannot afford to “kick the can down the road” to satisfy short-term budgetary conveniences. We need to change our entire salary and benefits programs. The 2010 census figures will be released shortly and the city will have to re-draw its district lines. My experience makes me uniquely qualified to see that all citizens are treated fairly.

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