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  • Four candidates vying for seats on Middletown Town Council

  • Middletown voters will have a choice among four candidates seeking three town council seats in next month’s municipal election.
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  • Middletown voters will have a choice among four candidates seeking three town council seats in next month’s municipal election.
    Political newcomer Rick Catterton joined incumbents Robin Burgess, Robert McGhee and Jim Reynolds in filing as candidates before the Feb. 11 deadline.
    His decision means the town will hold a municipal election March 3.
    “It was my 15-year-old daughter who helped talk me into it,” the 43-year-old parts and service director for Willis Ford in Smyrna said after the filing deadline had closed. “A lot of people talk about what they would do differently, but she was the one who said to me, ‘If you want to make a change, do something.’ So I’m doing something.’”
    A resident of Middletown for 15 years, Catterton said he would like to focus on fiscal issues, if elected.
    “I’d like to try and improve the town’s credit rating and see if we couldn’t save some money somewhere, like perhaps looking at energy alternatives in town buildings,” he said.
    To win a two-year term on town council, Catteron would have to receive at least one more vote than any one of the three incumbents, each of whom has been elected to multiple terms.
    Reynolds is the longest-serving member of town council, having been in office for 14 non-consecutive terms, including a two-term stint from 1974 to 1978, followed by six straight from 1990 to 2012.
    A lifelong Middletown resident, the 64-year-old Reynolds retired from the Delaware Department of Transportation in 2003 and currently works in sales for Contractors Materials.
    “I love Middletown and enjoy working for its citizens,” Reynolds said of his decision to seek another term. “I want to continue to help bring more employment and business opportunities to our residents. I believe with my experience on council I have a good feel for what the people of Middletown want and need.”
    McGhee, the only African-American currently on town council, has served five straight terms since first winning office in 2004.
    The 67-year-old, who retired from an accounting position with Ciba Specialty Chemicals in Newport, has lived in Middletown for 45 years.
    “I wanted to run again because I’m interested in making the town better and helping to manage it through its growth,” he said. “My main interest is in making the city a better place for our kids and grandkids to work and play.”
    Robin Burgess, the only woman currently on town council, has served three straight terms since first winning office in 2008 – the year Middletown’s governing body expanded from four members to six.
    Page 2 of 2 - A 56-year-old advertising saleswoman for GateHouse Media Delaware, the parent company of the Middletown Transcript, Burgess has lived in town for 25 years.
    “I love this town and the programs we put together,” she said. “It’s just a part of my life and my family in some ways. I want to continue making a difference here.”
    The top three voter-getters in the March 3 election will win office.
    Residents 18 and older are eligible to cast ballots in the municipal election.
    Voters are not required to register in advance, but must be able to show proof of residency before casting their ballots on the day of the election.
    Voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. in the council chambers of Town Hall at 18 W. Green St.
    Absentee ballots also are available at Town Hall or online under the “Election Information” tab at www.middletownde.org. Affidavits must be filed by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28, while absentee ballots must be received by the town before the polls close on March 3.

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