Cape Gazette

Parker-Selby, West file to retain Milton council seats

Filing deadline is Dec. 30
By Nick Roth | Dec 27, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Stell Parker-Selby

Milton — Stell Parker-Selby and Emory West are seeking three more years on Milton Town Council, and both have filed to run in the town's municipal election March 1.

Deadline for candidates to file is Monday, Dec. 30.

West was elected with Mayor Marion Jones in 2011. When Jones won the mayoral election last spring, Parker-Selby was appointed to serve her final year.

A relatively new face on council with only nine months on the job, Parker-Selby is still getting up to speed on issues that face the town. As a lifelong Milton resident, she said, she is in tune with the needs of the town.

“I have assets, and I can do a lot with much input to help make the town what we want it to be,” she said. “Having been around here for a long time, I feel I have the type of personality and the energy to get things on point.”

If elected, she wants to focus her efforts on improving community unity and economic development and offer more activities for Milton children. She said working together to accomplish goals is of utmost importance.

“My experience in life is that together we stand, but divided we fall,” she said. “We can't make the town look good and attractive if all people see is arguments. We can resolve issues as human beings.”

Prior to taking Jones' seat last year, Parker-Selby served on the Cape Henlopen school board from 2005 to 2010. In 2006, she challenged then-state Treasurer Jack Markell and in 2002, she took on Sen. Thurman Adams for 19th Senate District seat.

Parker-Selby is retired after working for 34 years in education. She started as a playground aide in Rehoboth Beach and worked her way up supervisor of student services and mentoring in the Cape Henlopen School District. During her tenure, she worked as principal at Rehoboth Elementary and assistant principal at Cape Henlopen High School. She was also one of the original teachers at Cape High. She was the first African-American woman to chair the YMCA board as well as the Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour. She said she's always been an active person and is still involved in numerous clubs and organizations.

In her brief time on council, she said, she believes communication with the public has improved. She is also pleased with the cordial relationship she has with her fellow council members.

“I want people to feel they can come to us and we can help get things resolved without hating on each other,” she said. “We can work together to get things done.”

West is seeking another term in order to see the town's water system improvements through to completion. As a member of the water committee and council, he has significant input in how the town approaches the upgrades.

“I want to see this water problem solved,” he said. “We had that 11 million gallon shortfall, and we worked toward finding that water. That was all in the valving.”

Now, he said, he's working with town officials to add another town well to relieve pressure on the existing wells.

A lifelong resident, West recently retired from the Department of Transportation, where he worked as a welder and machinist. He said he believes he will be re-elected because he doesn't make decisions that only benefit himself.

“I've looked out of the interests of people; that's my main objective,” he said. “I do what the people want. It's not my agenda, it's the people's agenda.”

West is also a member of the parks and recreation committee and president of the Milton Community Foundation, which has secured grants for the concerts in the park series through the Delaware Division of the Arts. He is in the process of obtaining a grant for the 2014 season.

Emory West (Photo by: File)
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