Karen Jennings is running for Townsend Town Council. The election will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How long have you lived in Townsend? Four Years
Where do you live in Townsend? Town-send Station
Educational Background: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, PhD candidate, experimental psychology; Temple University, Philadelphia, psychology, Bachelor’s degree, 2000; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, dance.
Professional Experience: At TCU, I worked as a graduate researcher and teaching assistant. I worked in close partnership with graduate faculty in conducting empirical research as well as teaching undergraduate psychology. While earning my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Temple University, I worked as a research assistant in the behavior analysis laboratories. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom for my two beautiful boys.
Why do you want to be re-elected? I would like the opportunity to continue projects that reflect my commitment to our residents. As chairwoman of the Health and Public Welfare committee, I am finalizing Townsend’s Emergency Operations Plan. I established a procedure for the use of an emergency telephone notification system to ensure effective communication to our residents during times of crisis. As chairwoman of the Water committee, I am working in partnership with Mayor David Raughley and Artesian to secure Townsend’s connection to southern New Castle County’s water tower network, which provides Townsend with a continuous water supply, and protects our residents against possible shortages during emergencies.
What do you see as the most important issue in Townsend? How would you deal with this issue if you were elected? A critical issue is the manner in which Delaware’s economy and recovery efforts affect Townsend. I will work to minimize the adverse effect of diminishing real estate transfer tax, and promote initiatives that stabilize and enhance our neighborhoods. I will continue my efforts with energy and environmental conservation initiatives to ensure residents do not pay higher taxes due to rising energy costs. I am currently researching federal energy block grant opportunities to secure alternate energy sources for Townsend’s future town park utilities.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish to help improve the town if elected to council? I would like to continue my work as chair of the Veterans Affairs committee, and achieve my goal of presenting every veteran in the Town of Townsend with a certificate of appreciation, and letting our heroes know Townsend appreciates their service. In addition, I’d like to send as many care packages as possible to our deployed residents through the Project 19734 Soldier Support initiative that I recently established. I am very proud of securing Townsend’s first historic marker, and would like to continue to promote beautification projects that both maintain and restore the historic charm of Townsend.
What would you like Townsend to look like when your term concludes in two years? I would like Townsend to be a town that has not raised taxes due to rising energy costs, be considered an example town for energy, water and wildlife conservation and preservation. I want Townsend to be a model to other communities in appreciating and recognizing our veterans and military families. My goal is for Townsend’s residents to be proud of their local government and for its representatives to govern with integrity, and work together for the greater good of the town and their constituents.