Dover 2nd District council candidates discuss issues

DOVER — Four seats on Dover City Council and even the mayor’s office were supposedly going to be up for grabs this year.

However, no opponents filed before the deadline to run against Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, Matt Lindell (First District), Scott Cole (Third District) or Roy Sudler Jr. (Fourth District), allowing all of them to keep their positions in the city’s government unopposed.

That leaves a four-candidate scramble for the 2nd District council seat that was left open when City Councilman Brian Lewis was elected as Kent County Sheriff last November.

Anthony Egipciaco Jr., Albert W. “Bill” Holmes, Jr., Ralph L. Taylor, Jr. and Faye D. White are all seeking the vacated seat in the Second District and will be on the ballot in the only race that will be contested in the city of Dover’s 2019 Municipal Election, which will be held on Tuesday, April 16.

Eligible voters can cast their ballots between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Dover First Seventh-day Adventist Church at 647 Wyoming Avenue in Dover.

Residents who wish to vote in the city’s Municipal Election must be a resident of the corporate limits of the city of Dover and 18 years old or older by the time of the election.

The following is responses to the newspaper’s questionaire on why the four candidates decided to run in the Second District election and what they believe are the hot topics among their constituents:

Anthony Egipciaco Jr. (Pronounced A-HIP-SEE-AKO)

Family: Married, with two boys 10 and 7

Years lining in Dover: 8 years

Affiliations: South Dover Elementary, Capital School District

Have you been publicly elected to office? No, First run.

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected? anthony.egipciaco@gmail.com

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: I enjoy helping others. This city has welcomed me with open arms and a warm heart. I want to be able to be the voice of the district and others in need.

Anthony Egipciaco

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

A: One pressing concern is crime, with education, job training and a community willing to help the Dover Police Department we can see a reduction in crime.

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

A: Organization, management and discipline.

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

A: My personal accomplishment was being able to pull myself out of the Lower East Side, New York, and build a life in Dover. My professional accomplishment I’m proud of is making the choice to become a professional truck driver. It has allowed me to establish a life for my wife and children here in Dover.

Albert W. “Bill” Holmes Jr.

Education: The Phelps School; University of Delaware; Numerous insurance schools

Family: Wife: Carmen

Years living in Dover: 69

Affiliations: Modern Maturity Center, board member; past chairman Kent County Regional Planning Commission; past member city of Dover Planning Commission; Delaware Grange Mutual Insurance Co., board member; past board member Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board; alternate For mayor to the Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization; former member Dover Rotary Club

Have you ever been publicly elected to office? No.

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected? Email or cell phone, which will be published if elected. Also, district meetings every six months or as needed.

Bill Holmes

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: I am running for this office for 3 reasons: 1: Would like to be able to work with police, citizens, schools and churches in resolving crime and opioid crisis in the city of Dover. Striving to make Dover a safer place to live and visit; 2: Downtown Dover is the heart of our city. I would like to work with the businesses and citizens to bring more people to shop, eat at our local places, and make it a destination; 3: Would like to have the ability to help the homeless, youth and citizens of Dover to resources. Resources which will help direct the right path to a rewarding quality of life.

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

A: With visiting with people in my district, the concerns are: crime, drugs opioid crisis and safe and clean environments.

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

A: After serving on the city of Dover Planning Commission and Kent County Regional Planning Commission for 24 years, I understand planning and zoning issues. I’m able to work with the city and county together to help have a great city in which to live in. Also, I would take the time to listen to the concerns of the citizens in our district. Be there for them when needed.

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

A: Serving on the Kent County Regional Planning Commission for 24 years to help for a better community. Serving on the board of the Modern Maturity Center to help make a better life for Kent County seniors.

Ralph L. Taylor Jr.

Education: High school graduate, some college

Family: Married for 24 years

Years living in Dover: 23

Affiliations: Fraternal Order of Police; Capital City Rotary, Delaware School Board Association; Murphey School, executive board; Kent County Adjustment Board, Delaware Pest Control Association; 4th year member of Capital School Board

Have you ever been publicly elected to office? No

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected? 302-943-1203 or ralphltaylorjr@gmail.com

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: I have served Dover for 20 years as a police officer. I’m a successful small-business owner. I currently serve on the Capital School Board of Education. I pride myself on being engaged, informed, well-organized and collaborative.

Ralph Taylor

Simply put, I love my city and I pledge to help our citizens achieve and maintain good health, obtain homeownership, entrepreneurship, a great education and equal justice.

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

A: Safety, Silver Lake, the Capital School District referendum and downtown are the areas of concern. Dover as a college, military and entertainment town that embraces people from all over the world. We are entitled to a safe place to live, parks that are well-maintained and program centric, great schools that offer cutting-edge technology and a thriving downtown that is diverse.

I’ll collaborate with Dover Downtown Partnership and Central Delaware Housing Collaborative, NCALL and others to achieve these goals.

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

A: If elected, I bring proven, effective leadership to city council. The abilities to guide, train, direct, motivate, inspire and unite our community are the result of the 20-year investment the city has made in me. It is an honor to give a return on your investment.

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

A: I received the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for creating the most successful Police Athletic League in the city’s history. Having my work compared to Dr. King’s is humbling to say the least.

Faye D. White

Education: Lincoln University; Correction Training security program; Overbrook High School.

Family: Widow of 38 years, five adult children

Affiliations: Commissioner, Dover Human Relations Committee; member 32nd District Democratic Committee; Founder and CEO of A 2nd Chance, a haven for abused and battered women and children; City Council Department of Community Development for seven years; worked in high-crime rates with the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 1993-’99.

Have you ever been publicly elected to office? No.

Best way constituents can contact you if you are elected? Cell phone, which will be published if elected. Also, direct meetings.

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: I am running for Dover City Council to be an asset in helping to shape the city’s decision-making process.

Faye White

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

A: First, I would like to bring a focus on bringing more individuals to city meetings.

That’s the only way we can better serve our constituents, if we take more effort to have more members of the community come to the city council meetings.

The Second District also needs a recreation center for children and their families. I will also advocate for our veterans, crime, utilities, taxes, seniors, domestic violence, housing, jobs, education and small business.

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

A: I have experience and credibility in the fields of education, child advocacy and crime prevention. Working together, we can make an honest difference in our community. I will meet and always listen to the voice of the community.

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

A: I have 43 years of experience and I choose to be a servant for the people. I’ve been a foster grandparent within the Capital School District and I am proud of my previous work in community advocacy.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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