Milford City Council candidates address the issues

The Milford City Council election is set for Saturday, April 27 at Milford City Hall from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Only voters registered with the city of Milford living in Ward 1 can vote during this election.

Candidates below are listed in alphabetical order.

Dan Marabello, Milford City Council Ward 1 Candidate

Milford Council Candidate Dan Marabello

Education: “BS Accounting.”

Tell us about your family: “One of eight siblings — first generation.”

Years living in Milford: “Thirteen.”

Have you ever been publicly elected to office?

“Mayor of Milford, 2008-2010.”

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?

Email: dmarabello@verizon.net, or Phone: 302-424-3722

Why are you running?

“Good government requires leaders who have a clear vision for the future and who have shown through their actions that they are committed to making Milford the best city that it can be. My consistent involvement in the community have demonstrated that I have that vision and involvement.”

What do you hope to accomplish as a Milford City Council member?

“My main objective if elected to Council is to help ensure that our local government performs effectively, efficiently, and transparently in all areas and continually strives to improve those performances. Some of those areas would include administration, public works, safety, beautification, job creation, and education. Our city needs to have a clear vision of where it wants to be in the short, mid and long term future and make it a mission to succeed in achieving those visions. If we adhere to these guidelines, Milford will continue to get better and better as a place to live and work.”

What areas of focus are especially important to you?

“Our biggest challenge is to keep focused on our vision and the mission steps to achieve that vision. This city challenge has to be shared with its residents! The city has to improve communication with its residents so as to keep them informed of major plans and the progress in those plans. A periodic city newsletter and the reinstituting of a public comment session at Council meetings would help in that endeavor. We have to find ways to instill a sense of city pride in more of our residents and make them feel that they have a stake in government decisions.”

How will you past experiences help you as a council member?

“All of one’s past experiences can help in working as Milford City Councilman. My experience as mayor has given me clear examples of how local government works well and not so well! My experience in public and private accounting has provided me with extensive knowledge in preparing financial reports and tax returns for profit and non-profit corporations. This knowledge is invaluable in understanding Milford’s over 40 million dollar budgeting and financial reporting process. I also had a retail business in a major mall and can truly sympathize with investors wanting to start a business in Milford and the hard work and risk that it takes to open a business.”

Of what accomplishments, personal or professional, are you most proud?

“On a personal level, I’m most proud of my long happy marriage with my wife Licinia who I met when we both were attending night college. Together we raised a good caring son. On a professional level, I’m proud of working and continue to work on multiple boards of directors in Milford. I’m proud to be a part these organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in Milford. Some of these organizations include:

  • Downtown Milford Inc. — Former treasurer and board member for 6 years and still on various committees
  • Milford 2nd Street Players Inc. — VP and Treasurer, and board member for over eight years; helped to spearhead the major renovation and soon to be reopened Riverfront Theater on Walnut Street
  • Meadows at Shawnee Homeowners Association
  • Receive the 2016 Excellence In Downtown Revitalization
  • Volunteer of the Year Award 2016.”

What would you like to tell residents ahead of elections?

“I wish that I could have had the opportunity to discuss some my ideas in person with the residents but unfortunately a proposed debate was cancelled. All I can promise is, that if elected as your councilman, I will work very hard to protect and foster your interests. I’m respectfully asking for your vote on April 27, 2019 at City Hall 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.”

Samuel Passwaters, Milford City Council Ward 1 Candidate

Education: “I proudly graduated from Milford High School in 1979 and have been a lifelong member of this community for my entire life.”

Milford Council Candidate Sam Passwaters

Tell us about your family: “I am the proud father of two beautiful daughters, whom I love to the moon and the back. I instilled within my daughters the ability to work hard and achieve their dreams.”

Years living in Milford: “I have been a proud citizen of Milford for nearly 40 years. I love this city and I love my community!”

Have you ever been publicly elected to office?

“I have not ever been publicly elected to office. I am a concerned citizen that comes from an entrepreneurial background that wants to give back to our citizens and contribute to the future of our great city.”

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected?

“When I am elected, I want constituents to contact me. I want to be their voice. I am running for [Milford] City Council because I believe in our city and I want to see Milford thrive and grow for generations to come. I can be contacted directly via email: MilfordProud@gmail.com.”

Why are you running?

“As a citizen of this great city, I sat behind the lines and watched as decisions had been made with which I did not agree were in the best interest of our city and its citizens. Far too long, we as citizens do not raise our voice and express our concerns. That time has come to an end. I will raise my voice, as well as the voice of our citizens, to create an even better Milford. I am #MilfordProud!”

What do you hope to accomplish as a Milford City Council member?

“I have spent the last month walking door to door to introduce myself to the citizens of our great city. I wanted to introduce myself and understand the needs of our citizens. I have learned so much. We have citizens that have lived here their entire life. We have citizens that have relocated here. What I have learned is that we all have the same hopes and goals for Milford – Growth in our economy, improved education to empower our future leaders, enhanced police force and the opportunity to make Milford a destination. I have spent days meeting our citizens, and I will continue to do so and work with our city’s economic development board and our city’s education board to make these wishes of our citizens a reality.”

What areas of focus are especially important to you?

“Referring to my previous statements, my areas of focus are and will continue to be: education, economic growth, police force and making Milford a destination.”

How will you past experiences help you as a council member?

“As an entrepreneur and a citizen not associated with politics, I have learned the importance of hard work, strategic planning, and executing such a plan to get the job done. I have worked in team environments and had the pleasure of being a part of negotiations (not always pleasant), with the goal of achieving a positive outcome. I will bring this mindset and strategy to the city of Milford as your voice.”

Of what accomplishments, personal or professional, are you most proud?

“First and foremost, I am extremely proud to have two beautiful daughters – they are my light! I have made a positive impact on this community. I have been afforded the opportunity to grow a business and employ citizens of our great city. Each and every day, I want to go to sleep knowing that I have made a positive difference in the world. This is a life philosophy with which I live and will continue to do so. I look forward to serving the citizens of Milford.”

What would you like to tell residents ahead of elections?

“Often times, citizens of Milford have not voted in elections. I have spent the last month going door to door to hear their concerns and opinions. I have heard one comment more than any other: My voice does not matter. I am here to tell you that it does! And I want to be your voice for positive change – Change that will impact you here and now, as well as the future of our great city. I am grateful for your support and for the opportunity to be your voice. Please email me with your concerns at any time: MilfordProud@gmail.com.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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