John Ness is running for the Townsend Town Council. The election will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
How long have you lived in Townsend? 1 1/2 years
Where do you live in Townsend? Towns-end Village I
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Rutgers University, N.J., associate’s degree in computer programming, Chubb Institute Parsippany, N.J.
Professional Experience: application developer/project manager at JP Morgan Chase, Newark, for last three years; Application developer/project manager at Deutsche Bank, New York, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J., for seven years; Application developer/project manager at Bankers Trust, Jersey City, N.J. for three years; Commercial property manager at K. Hovnanian Co., Red Bank, N.J. for six years.
Why do you want to be a member of council? I care about the town and what happens here. There will be development as the economy improves. How will Townsend grow? I see the growth first hand. I live in Townsend Village I and would bring a new perspective to the council. I would represent the residents and help shape Townsend’s growth for the better. I want to have a positive impact on improvements to the town.
I will continue to work with the Mayor and Town Council on issues of growth, safety, and quality of life. I have actively participated in town council meetings, organized the Townsend Community Watch Group, and worked with the mayor, council and Delaware State Police to improve residents’ safety. I will work with all residents of Townsend — Townsend Station, old town, TVI, TV II to serve them. My wife and I have contributed to town council efforts to gather items for our armed forces overseas.
What do you see as the most important issue in Townsend? How would you deal with this issue if you were elected? Growth. As the economy improves, there will be growth in Townsend with demands on existing infrastructure and services.
I would work with the mayor and council to balance growth while improving quality of life in Townsend. We would identify areas suited for growth in Townsend. With responsible growth, there is a need for increasing infrastructure, services and costs. We must keep taxes low while allowing for improved services to residents.
I have seen communities that handled growth well: the growth was planned — costs for increased services were kept down. I have also seen uncontrolled growth and residents suffered.
I want to see responsible growth for Townsend while keeping costs in line. Service improvements cost money and I would work to balance growth and costs.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish to help improve the town if elected to council? Get more residents involved in the town, get the council to respond to the needs of the residents and give residents a better understanding of the town council’s responsibilities. As a result of organizing the community watch group, I have gotten more residents to register to vote in Townsend and become more involved in the community.
What would you like Townsend to look like when your term concludes in two years? A town council that has represented the interests of residents of Townsend and a town that has greater involvement of town residents. Improved services and infrastructure to serve a growing Townsend. A town that continues to have a wonderful quality of life for residents.