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Beaufait has proven leadership qualities

By Barry and Elaine Simmerman | May 03, 2013

Two years ago the people of Lewes elected Fred Beaufait to city council because they were introduced to a modest, well-qualified and serious-minded candidate who they could trust to represent them wisely and honestly. When he was elected, Fred was genuinely surprised.

Fred is not your typical politician. He is concerned about the city’s financial stability and the welfare of all of its citizens. He does not over-emphasize his personal qualifications, exaggerate the facts, nor frequent the cocktail party scene. Even though Councilman Beaufait has offered many creative ideas to solve the city’s concerns, he does not take personal credit for the accomplishments of the group.

Fred has served as secretary of the council and as a member of the finance committee. He has represented the council as ex-officio member of the commercial architectural review commission and the parks and recreation commission. Councilman Beaufait proposed the establishment of a new traffic safety management advisory committee, which was approved by the council and he chairs. He knows how the government of the City of Lewes really works.

Several members of the Lewes City Council have told us that Beaufait functions well as a member of the city’s leadership team demonstrating his problem-solving skills and commitment to the Lewes community. He listens to the public, thinks deeply and originally about the city’s issues, works well with the city’s employees and members of city council, and attends meetings of the various city commissions.

At a recent political gathering in our home a neighbor asked Fred about some deteriorating houses in our neighborhood. Fred’s response was to visit these buildings, speak with the responsible city official, ferret out the problem, and come up with an effective way of solving the issue - not just for our neighborhood, but for the entire City of Lewes. This is how effective local government should operate.

We urge Lewes voters to re-elect Fred Beaufait for a second term at the election held Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lewes City Hall.

Barry and Elaine Simmerman
Lewes

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