Harrington council candidate offers views on local issues

HARRINGTON — The Harrington City Election will take place Tuesday, May 7 from noon until 7 p.m. at the Price Community Center at 103 Dorman St. Residents living within District 1 who have registered to vote are welcome for this election.

No voting is required for District 3 as incumbent Micah Parker remains uncontested.

Incumbent Joseph Gannon Jr. and newcomer Darrell Hughes are candidates in the District 1 election this year.

Mr. Gannon did not respond to requests for information.

Darrell Hughes, Harrington City Council District 1 Candidate
Education: High school diploma. ”

Tell us about your family: “Myself and my eight-year-old son Tyler. Mother’s family are from Harrington. Father’s family are from Houston (Gun & Rod Club).”
Years living in Harrington: “Originally from Harrington. 33+ years.”

Have you ever been elected to office?
“No public offices.”

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?
“Business cell (302) 538-8326 or simply visit me at my restaurant [Stick to Your Ribs] next to Byler’s on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Why are you running?
“I am running to bring a much needed change to Harrington. I would be the councilman that would listen to the people. Understand the people. Most of all, help the people. Be the people’s Councilman.”

What do you hope to accomplish as a Harrington City Council member?
“I hope to bring more business to Harrington. I hope to establish more family events. (Parades, festivals, summertime family movie nights, a farmer’s market/vendor sale). Establish more activities for the youth, to keep them off of the streets, away from drugs and out of trouble. (Parks, Sports Courts, an actual Recreation Center). Similar to a Boys & Girls Club.”

How will your past experiences help you as a council member?
“I have been working since I turned seven years old. I trained Labrador Retrievers, making $1 an hour. Farming jobs every summer until I was 18 and entered in the U.S. Army. Hard work comes second nature to me. I know how hard it is for our local farmers, having worked on farms all of my childhood. I know how hard it is to be a single parent, being that I am raising my son. I know what it is like to lose family to this drug epidemic. This is why with my experiences, I can truly understand and relate to everyone and their circumstances.”

Of what accomplishments, personal or professional, are you most proud?
“Accomplishments that I am most proud of is raising my son to be a very caring and respectful young man.
Opening my BBQ restaurant. Proudly serving my country as a Buffalo Soldier! Starting a children’s clothing closet for underprivileged school-aged youth to help combat against school bullying. The clothing closet is named Forrest & Genesis’ Children’s Closet in memory of my two children lost in 2013.
I am currently working with the school district on a referral program so that families can gain access to the service. For those who have gently used clothes and a desire to support the students in our community, we welcome donations.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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