Commentary: Let’s move forward for a better Milford

I would like to personally thank my family, friends and the communities of Milford, Harrington, Greenwood, Ellendale, Houston and Slaughter Beach for being so invested and interested in the future of our greater community and voting in record numbers in 2018.

I had a brief chance to meet many people that adore their community and whether they are native, life-long residents or new to the area they each came to live here because of the fellowship, tradition and wonderful potential of our greater community.

I decided to run for office because I saw a need to protect our small-town atmosphere, while looking to the future social, educational and economic needs of our growing and diverse community.

Jim Purcell

It was an honor to run for local office, and I stand ready to work with all our local leaders to support each of our communities now, in moving forward.

As a lifelong resident of the area I will continue to invest my time, skill and resources in seeing the area thrive. Moving forward, Milford will continue to be a strong social, economic and cultural hub of Northern Sussex and Southern Kent County’s.

As the new Bayhealth Sussex campus is completed and continued infrastructure is added to the area it will be important to see that our growth is well managed and planned. The economic growth and diversity of the area will continue to evolve and our local business, municipal, education, county and state leaders will need to work smarter, closer and with more resolve to get things accomplished.

No single entity can do it alone. New schools, new service needs, retail centers, health services and other infrastructure needs will require coordination, funding, and sometimes personal and community sacrifice.

Let us always rise above the unhealthy political discourse which rivets our country. I am humbled and mindful of what we need to do, and pledge my support of our greater community and its future. During the open house of Bayhealth Sussex Campus held on Saturday, Jan. 19.

I was overjoyed with the outpouring of the community to see this wonderful facility and the potential it brings to southern Delaware. I saw hope, opportunity and true community in the faces of the hundreds if not thousands of people who came out to see our newest treasure.

Now, the work begins as we strive to help the community thrive and build for the future.

Jim Purcell is a former candidate for the 18th Senatorial District seat.

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