Five vie for council seat in Smyrna special election

SMYRNA – A special election to fill an at-large town council seat is set for Thursday, June 27.

Voting will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at town hall at 27 S. Market Street. The election will fill the seat vacated by recently-elected mayor Robert C. Johnson.

The at-large term is through April 2021. Council members receive $25 per meeting.
For questions, call 653-9231 or email boffice@smyrna.delaware.gov.
Candidates were asked why they are running for council earlier this week:

Gerald Brown
In Lake Como Woods I worked with the police department and was able to stop construction work that was done after 7 p.m. during the week and on Sundays.

I’m currently a member of the following committees in the town of Smyrna: Public Safety, Utilities and Park and Recreation.
I can promise you that I will work with the mayor and the town council to improve our communication between the residence and the town on the many challenges that we face; I will work closely with the various committees and residents to address all concerns as a town.

Marie Fontaine St. Pierre
I was born in Haiti I came to the United States as a child, I speak English, French, and Creole. But my roots are in Delaware and I’m happy to say Smyrna is my family’s home.

My focus includes:
• Make sure our children will want and be able to own a home here.
• Advocates for business-friendly policies.
• Create a strong foundation for homeowners with HOA.
• Supports updating the library with better technology and resources.
• Fight the drug epidemic in Smyrna by working with the Council Members, Mayor, and the State of Delaware.

Suzanne R. Harris
My husband, Jeff, and I moved to Smyrna in 2013. I am not a politician. I worked in Social Work for 23 years advocating for clients, and others, on many issues.

I was an assistant art teacher at KCA and substitute for Capitol District.

I will be visible and accessible to every resident. I will listen to concerns, suggestions, advocate for our citizens and town. I desire to be a part of the growth and success here.

Some concerns are Public Safety, the proposed library, town infrastructure, our homeless population, property assessments, taxes, and attracting business to our quaint town.

Patrick F. Hartnett
I feel we need to have managed growth, to support the schools and the infrastructure of the community. Along with keeping,the tax rates down for the local taxpayers.

I would like to have an efficient council that will support the seniors in our community and give them a senior tax break, and I would like a transparent local government to keep the citizens aware and involved in the town.

I am a lifetime resident of Smyrna the same as my parents were. My father was a veteran and a life member/past commander of the American Legion and a charter member of the VFW post.

Jason C. Millman
Making the Town of Smyrna my home for the last 15 years I want to see it flourish. I have noticed an almost complacent attitude towards the growth and modification of the town. It’s time for change.

Ensuring support for local law enforcement and first responders, welcoming smaller businesses, beautifying the town and fighting for lower utility rates, will allow Smyrna to progress into the town that it is longing to be.

I want to work with the current Mayor and Council to make the right changes to bring out small town into the future with grace and prosperity for all of its citizens.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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