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Voting rationale explained in Lewes

By Jody Ware | May 09, 2014

Lewes is fortunate to have three good candidates vying for city council, and they all bring unique and valuable traits to the table. Looking toward the future, we have significant issues facing our community and it is important to select candidates for city council with the knowledge and experience to help guide us through all of the issues and the situations that they bring.

I have lived in Lewes for a short 16 years and had the opportunity to serve on the Lewes Planning Commission where I worked with Mike Mahaffie. During my tenure I learned much about planning challenges, specifically related to development and growth as some very significant projects came before the city with the potential to have altered much of what we value about our town. Today, the projects and impacts that Lewes is facing are similar in many respects, though admittedly they seem even more threatening than before.

Mike has unprecedented experience in city and state planning issues. He has contacts and previously established relationships outside of Lewes with many of the agencies with whom we need to interface. He has a proven track record of leadership and works in a collaborative manner. He is open to all opinions and considers them thoughtfully.

How and whom we choose for council is vitally important as they are the final voice in Lewes’ decision-making process. It is critical that we place experienced persons in this role. Unfortunately, there is no time for the learning curve normally afforded one in this position. The members we select need to hit the ground running. Mike is quite capable of performing at a high level from the start. Please vote with me for Mike Mahaffie on Saturday, May 10.

Jody Ware
Lewes

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