Harrington residents will have an opportunity for vote for a representative, choosing between candidates Marie Cunningham and incumbent Kenneth W. Stubbs, in the city's fifth district during a city election scheduled for May 6.
Harrington residents will have an opportunity for vote for a representative in the city’s fifth district during a city election scheduled for May 6.
Two candidates, Marie Cunningham and incumbent Kenneth W. Stubbs, have filed for the three-year term for the City Council District 5 seat.
City Councilman Duane E. Bivans, who represents District 6, filed unopposed to keep his council seat. No election will be held for District 6.
Stubbs has served as Harrington City Councilman for District 5 since 2003, and said he decided to refile for his council position because he wants to serve the people of Harrington.
“I’m doing this as donating something to the community,” he said. “It’s very rewarding doing this job. I love the city of Harrington and I just want to give a little something back.”
Stubbs said his main priorities, if re-elected to council, are handling the city’s inflow and infiltration (I & I) issues, and addressing a possible tax rate increase.
Harrington’s I & I issues include problems with excess rain and snow, which sends groundwater into the city’s wastewater treatment system because it is aged, which increases the cost of treating the wastewater, according to Harrington City Manager Teresa Tieman.
“Right now for me, it’s a difficult time. We’re in the process of raising rates, raising taxes, and we’ve got to do it,” Stubbs said. “I & I is really, for me, the main thing.”
Stubbs’ opponent agrees that a major issue is I & I as well as how the city handles its water and sewer services.
“Harrington is facing a problem with I & I with pipes that are leaking, and this is a problem financially,” Cunningham said. “There’s also an environmental concern with pipes that leak and we’d certainly hate to have a catastrophic collapse occur.”
Cunningham, who has never held a City Council seat, served on the Lake Forest School Board for two terms, from 2000 to 2010. She said it’s the basic infrastructure in the city that needs to be handled, as well as bringing businesses and jobs to Harrington.
“We’re still dealing with basic infrastructure, which we have to get a better handle on before other important things occur, the big one being economic development,” she said.
The election will be held Tuesday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Price Community Center. To be eligible to vote, a person must be a resident of Harrington’s District 5, be at least 18 years old and be a registered voter with the Kent County Department of Elections. For more information, call (302) 398-4476.