The Town of Townsend will hold its annual election Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about this year's candidates here. 

The Town of Townsend will hold its annual election Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about this year's candidates here:


Name John Ness           

Age 49

Career history Application developer/project manager for JP Morgan Chase in Newark for more than four years, held the same position at Deutsche Bank in New York, N.Y. for seven years and Bankers Trust in Jersey City, N.J. for three years, commercial property manager for K. Hovnanian Co., in Red Bank, N.J. for six years.

Civic organizations Townsend Community Watch group organizer, volunteer for Townsend Municipal Park Cleanup dates.

Prior political or board experience Councilman for the Town of Townsend for the past two years.

Years in Townsend Three and a half.

Public phone number or website, 378-8082.

Why should the people of Townsend elect you to the Town Council?

It has been my honor to represent residents of Townsend as Councilman for two years. In that time, I have worked hard with members of council to improve the quality of life here.

I have a record of providing service to the community. I would like to continue to do so and improve on that record, whether its building a relationship with the Delaware State Police to provide improved community policing and traffic enforcement or starting the Townsend Community Watch group and working with a committed group of residents acting as a conduit for flow of information from police to residents and in turn, provide information and feedback to the police.

I have worked to get an updated emergency contact/Reverse 9-1-1 list so that in case of emergencies the Town can provide important information to residents.

I have authored an improved grass ordinance that now allows quick action to resolve incidents of overgrown properties and get owners to clean up or have the Town act if they don’t.

I have made myself accessible to residents, quickly following up and responding to concerns. I have gone into neighborhoods to meet with residents at their homes to discuss issues.

I bring these concerns to council and ensure that they are addressed and problems are solved.

I have brought a serious commitment and professionalism to council and work with them ensuring all residents are represented so we continue to improve the quality of life for residents now and for the future.

I ask for the residents of Townsend’s consideration on Election Day.


Name Karen Jennings

Career historyDirector for a Delaware non-profit organization
Civic organizationsTown of Townsend Energy & Environment Committee chair, Town of Townsend Veteran’s Affairs Committee co-chair, Autism Delaware Legislative Committee member, National Wildlife Federation volunteer, Delmarva Stargazers Astronomy organization member.

Prior political or board experienceTown of Townsend Town Council Member

Years in Townsend Six

Why should the people of Townsend elect you to the Town Council?

Over the past four years, with the help of our residents, we have made significant progress in areas such as energy and environment, veteran’s affairs and community outreach. For example, Townsend was the first community in Delaware to become certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. The Town was recently presented with a conservation award from the Delaware Nature Society. Additionally, the Energy and Environment Committee is sponsoring monthly Astronomy Outreach events in our new municipal park to help promote science education and environmental awareness. I will continue to advocate and drive these important initiatives that positively impact our community.

 I have a principled belief in governmental transparency and employing best business practices to protect our taxpayers’ investments. I have and always will work to ensure that our town’s business is not negotiated without public participation, and that the most cost effective methodologies are used. Our community deserves nothing less than a council that represents all of its residents, is accountable for its actions and works together to solve problems.

It has been my privilege to serve my community as a member of Townsend Town Council. Townsend is filled with extraordinary and compassionate residents who embody family and community-first centered values. I would like to continue to serve the community that my family and I are proud to call home.

Candidates John Hanlin and Dwain Haines and will also run for Townsend Town Council, but the Transcript did not receive their Q&A responses in time for publication.