3nd District Dover City Council candidates Q&A

Lance Moffa

LANCE E. MOFFA

Education: Dover High School (1989); University of Delaware B.A. Political Science (1994); Bi-lingual ESL institute (1994-Spanish); MGCCC A.S. Construction Management and Technology (2010); Incident Command Systems 0100 thru 0700; Arc Mapping G.I.S. 1 and 2; Hazardous Materials Technician State of MS (2010); Rope Rescue certified State of MS (2010); Homeland Security C.A.M. certified (2009)

Family: Father, John, retired CMSGT U.S. Air Force Dover; mother Bonnie, recently deceased; brother Troy.

Years living in Dover: 6

Have you ever been publicly elected to Office?: No.

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?: E-mail, LanceMoffa@gmail.com, for the moment, but I would like to see if we can set up an office in District 3 so everyone can come in and bring their concerns and have a permanent point of contact creating another job and giving us a location to get some things accomplished.

Why are you running?

I have several reasons. Current leadership has not been effective for us with equal representation. Dover can do better and will with the right people, in the right positions, that are willing to work and be accountable. Camden and Smyrna are growing much faster than us and we should pay attention to their success and the lack of ours. The politicians are becoming preoccupied with drama and issues that hinder our progression. I strongly believe I possess the ability to help us get moving in the right direction and set it up for future councilman to continue the leap forward we so desperately need.

What seems to be the most pressing concerns to the constituents of your district?

Fair business practices is a big one. The city of Dover is not forthright in their enforcement of codes and ordinances they will allow the connected to break rules and violate codes as they please while others are fined and it would appear targeted. Citizens are also concerned with services that do not have consistency. Our district has been neglected, Folks in District 3 are not happy that White Oak Park continually gets passed over for maintenance and refurbishing.

What important skills from your background will you bring to Dover City Council?

I have been in charge of multi-million dollar budgets from conception to completion and all the project management in between. I am ready to dealing with politicians, special interest groups, contractors, citizens, civil rights groups alike to get the job done. I have the experience to get us together. Grant writing is no stranger to me, either. I managed to get Jackson County an $8 million dollar grant from the federal government. I am very familiar with the bureaucratic processes of government and the red tape we need to cut to get the job done.

What are personal or professional accomplishments of which you are most proud of?

I am most proud of growing up in the Dover area and receiving my education right here in the first capitol of the first state. Dover High School provided me with a top-notch education and University of Delaware expanded on it. I am also proud that I was able to help so many people after Hurricane Katrina get together and rebuild, I will be proud to bring that here to Dover if elected.

Fred Neil

FRED A. NEIL (Incumbent)

Education: B.A. plus Masters credits, University of Maryland, College Park

Family: Wife, Dawn; blended family; 5 children, 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren

Years living in Dover: Since 2003

Affiliations: Member, Dover Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA)

Have you ever been publicly elected to office?: Dover City Council in 2015

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?: By phone 302-678-3288 or email fredneilbooks@comcast.net.

Q: Why are you running (or running again) for this office?

To finish unfinished business. When elected in 2015, I discovered that there were a large number of things such as complaints from citizens that were not resolved, and concerns such as the old (Dover) library that remained. At the January 6, 2017, Council Workshop, I recommended a “Scoreboard” to list the dates when problems or projects started, estimated time of completion, and when completed. This would allow staff and the council to see the big picture of progress in the city.

Q: In your campaign thus far, what seems to be the most pressing concerns to the constituents of your district?

Who will be replacing the professional vacancies.

Q: What important skills from your background will you bring to Dover City Council?

Experience as a newsman, news director, press officer for the mayor of Baltimore during the renaissance of the Baltimore Harbor, general manager of a sports team, leadership as shown by my serving as President of three Maryland press organizations, two vocational rehabilitation associations, one theater group and my Home Owners Association, integrity and common sense.

Q: What are the personal or professional accomplishments of which you are most proud?

As Reporter: going before a Grand Jury to kill a political slush fund; the many peer judged awards I won; covering the 1960 Democratic and Republican National Conventions (Kennedy vs Nixon). In Sports: producing the Baltimore Colt Broadcasts; creating and hosting radio series with Hall of Famers John Unitas, Art Donovan, Brooks Robinson and serving as Jimmy Connors boss; writing a biography with basketball legend Charlie Eckman. In Vocational Rehab: creating the publicity that helped talented and courageous individuals with disabilities enter competitive employment. In theater: appearing in over 30 shows, portraying Tevye, in Fiddler, and FDR in six different productions of Annie. In non-elected public service: Chair, Kent County Re-Districting Committee, 2012; Roasted on 80th Birthday by DMHOA; successfully fighting for the passage of the flawed but essential “Rent Justification Act among others; this year honored by a MD Professional Association after serving as Executive Secretary by renaming their Scholarship Program after me. Politically: Being endorsed by Senators Bushweller and Ennis; Representatives Carson and Lynn because they would not endorse “No Junk”!

JANE E. ROLFES

Education:  University of Delaware (1980), B.S. in Human Resources.

Family: Husband, Bob; son, Bobby; daughter, Hannah.

Years living in Dover: Since October 2014

Have you ever been publicly elected to office?: No.

Affiliations: Member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Dover on U.S. 13.

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?: By phone 302-674-4152 or email jekrbob@gmail.com

Q: Why are you running for this office?

I want to reach out and learn more about our local community of the city of Dover. I would like to be a representative of the residents of the 3rd District, hearing about their concerns and being an advocate for them within Dover’s city government. In the broad description of public service, the more local the community, the more effective a representative can be.

Q: In your campaign thus far, what seems to be the most pressing concerns to the constituents of your district?

The geographical area of the 3rd District includes three neighborhoods north of (Del.) 1 and two neighborhoods west of Scarborough Road, but the district includes the Dover Mall area and Dover Downs, too. The more concentrated residents of the 3rd District are the areas on both sides of U.S. 13 from Walker Road south to White Oak Road and this includes the campus of Wesley College. Overall, this is somewhat of a diverse area. The most common two concerns (overall) seem to be safety and economic stability. For the goal of ensuring safety in a “sidewalked” neighborhood, a huge part is just knowing your neighbors’ names and visibly recognizing who lives within close proximity; Revitalizing citizens’ watch groups, for example.

Q: What are the personal or professional accomplishments of which you are most proud?

The two personal accomplishments of which I am most proud are our son and daughter. Now, of course, they are fully grown adults with our youngest turning age 30 this coming summer. While being a full-time parent, the teachings of our home are family, Christianity, the importance of education and volunteerism.  Professionally, I am still most proud of my B.S. degree from the Univ. of Delaware.

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