Jay A. Miller is running for the Townsend Town Council. The election will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Town Hall.
How long have you lived in Townsend? I’ve lived on South Street for 11 years.
Educational background: After graduating high school, I was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy. I have attended classes at Delaware Technical & Community College related to my work fields.
Professional experience: I work at Amtrak as a pipe fitter/ sheet-metal mechanic. I was previously on Townsend town council for eight years.
Why do you want to be a member of council? My reasons for running are relatively simple. I want to use my past experience to help the town move smoothly into the future. I want to help bridge the gap between all the residents, from the life-long to the family that moved in yesterday. I do not wish to move on to higher offices so my focus would be completely on town. I want to make sure that bigger towns or upper governments do not bully us into things that are not good for the town. I’m a strong believer in local control over local matters.
What do you see as the most important issue in Townsend? How would you deal with this issue if you were elected? There are many issues facing the town at this time. National issues, such as the economy and joblessness naturally affect us as well. The state is in a budget crunch and looking for ways to take town money as well as force growth so they can collect revenue. I plan to work hard to let the residents know what is going on and who is responsible. We need to look at whatever possible consequences come with state and county proposals as a town and decide what is best for us.
What would you like Townsend to look like when your term concludes in two years? I want the town in two years to reflect cooperation between the council and the residents on our path to and through the future. I will be satisfied if the town as a whole in general reflects the desires of the people who call it home.