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Middletown Transcript
  • Meet the Middletown Council candidates

  • Four candidates are seeking three seats on Middletown Town Council in the March 3 municipal election.
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  • Four candidates are seeking three seats on Middletown Town Council in the March 24 municipal election.
    The following are Q&A interviews with each of the candidates, in alphabetical order:
    Robin Burgess
    Q Why are you running for a seat on Middletown Town Council?
    A I had been very involved with Middletown many years before joining the council. Before coming onto council I attended every council meeting to learn what was going on in the town, growth, businesses, etc. I have enjoyed working with my co-council and our staff, and learning about the ins and outs of day-to-day operations. It's like we are one big family. I have enjoyed seeing our Main Street prosper and grow. I want to make a difference in my community.
    Q What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing Middletown over the next two years?
    A Traffic, economic development and yard waste.
    Q What would you, as a town councilperson, do to address those issues?
    A Help residents find alternative routes to get around Route 299, work with the downtown businesses to assist them with training tools through our Main Street Program and come up with a plan to keep yard waste out of our stormwater drains.
    MORE ABOUT BURGESS
    AGE 56
    YEARS IN OFFICE 6
    FAMILY Sons, Mark E. Lloyd and Chris B. Lloyd; 2 grandchildren and one on the way
    EDUCATION Christiana High School, Class of 1975
    CAREER Multi-media account executive for Gatehouse Media (parent company of Middletown Transcript) since 2013
    FAVORITE TV SHOW “Criminal Minds”
    HOBBIES Gardening, shopping, watching my grandchildren
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    Rick Catterton
    Q Why are you running for a seat on Middletown Town Council?
    A I am running to bring new energy and new ideas to the Council.
    Q What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing Middletown over the next two years?
    A First, I think we need to get our town credit rating back. Secondly, I think we need to look at financial ways to save money for the town. Third, I think we need to look at dealing with the heavy traffic that goes through town.
    Q What would you, as a town councilperson, do to address those issues?
    Page 2 of 4 - A To accomplish these items, I see us needing to look into alternative energy, for example solar energy and wind turbines that would save the town money and allow us to have the resources to do future projects. As far as traffic congestion, we need to work with DelDOT and find a way to relieve traffic without hurting the local business economy. As far as the credit rating, we need to look at the books and see what can be done differently to meet their guidelines and keep the town moving forward.
    MORE ABOUT CATTERTON
    AGE 43
    YEARS IN OFFICE N/A
    FAMILY Mother, Shirley Fleenor
    EDUCATION Calvert High School, Class of 1989
    CAREER Parts and Service Director at Willis Ford in Smyrna, where I’ve worked for 11 years
    FAVORITE TV SHOW Any sci-fi-type show
    HOBBIES Models, outdoor activities, playing with my Siberian Husky
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    Robert McGhee
    Q Why are you running for a seat on Middletown Town Council?
    A I have decided to seek re-election because I am a parent of two adult children, and have three grandchildren living in this community. I want to do everything I can to secure a bright future for them and for all the children in this community. I will work to ensure  our streets are safe during these tough economic times. I want everyone to prosper and I  pledge to fight to keep Middletown a place to live, work, and feel safe every day.
    Q What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing Middletown over the next two years?
    A The three most pressing issues in my opinion are:
    • Traffic throughout the town is congested. Unfortunately, the main thoroughfare in town belongs to DelDOT. Hopefully, when construction starts on the east side of town, we will be able to have alternate routes, but in the meantime we will continue to work with DelDOT on the widening of Route 299.
    • I have been concerned about the drainage on Lake and Catherine streets. I will continue to look for funding/grants to replace current drain and piping, which needs to be upgraded.
    • I am looking forward to seeing the results of recent additions of aerators at the Waste Water Treatment Plant to see if we can make the plant more efficient for years to come.
    Q What would you, as a town councilperson, do to address those issues?
    Page 3 of 4 - A No matter what I perceive as pressing issues, it all depends on a collaborative effort between the mayor and council, of which I have always enjoyed being a part.
    MORE ABOUT MCGHEE
    AGE 67
    YEARS IN OFFICE 10
    FAMILY Wife, Lorraine; Son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Megan McGhee; Daughter and son-in-law, Ayasha and Dane Jones; Grandchildren, Akyra Boswell, 14, Jaiden McGhee, 9, and Anesa Jones, 1
    EDUCATION Rosenwald High School (Panama City, Fla.), Class of 1965; associate degree in accounting, Goldey Beacom College, Class of 1977
    CAREER Retired cost accountant at E.I. DuPont/Ciba Specialty Chemicals after 35 years
    FAVORITE TV SHOW “Jeopardy”
    HOBBIES Golfing, fishing, hunting
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    JIM REYNOLDS
    Q Why are you running for a seat on Middletown Town Council?
    A I am running for re-election because I love Middletown and enjoy working for its residents. I think with my experience from being on Council and involved in many local organizations over the years that I have a pretty good feel for what the people of Middletown want and need. The citizens of Middletown deserve a Council person who looks out for their best interest, and I think over the years I have done that.
    Q What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing Middletown over the next two years?
    A In my opinion, the three most pressing issues facing the town are traffic, employment opportunities and public safety.
    Q What would you, as a town councilperson, do to address those issues?
    A Below are some of the ways that council have addressed these problems, and if re-elected, I will continue to work toward these goals:
    Anytime there is growth, traffic problems occur. As many people know, Broad and Main streets belong to DelDOT. But, Council has always worked closely with them in addressing these problems. An example of this is the upgrade of Route 301 in the western part of town. As development becomes more active on the east side, similar improvements will occur on Route 299. 
    Council has always been very active in bringing new businesses into town that will offer employment to our residents. Amazon and the new Johnson Controls facility are two examples. I will continue to help bring more of these opportunities to our community.
    Page 4 of 4 - Middletown is very lucky to have one of the best volunteer fire companies in the state, and we need to keep giving them the most support possible. Our town police force, which we established in 2007, has done an excellent job in keeping our town safe and secure. Mayor and Council have always provided them with everything they need to serve and protect our citizens. If re-elected, I will continue to give them my full support.
    MORE ABOUT REYNOLDS
    AGE 64
    YEARS IN OFFICE 24, including 22 years as vice mayor
    FAMILY Wife, Yvonne; Son, Tyler Reynolds; Son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Carrie Reynolds; Grandson, Jackson
    EDUCATION Middletown High School, Class of 1967
    CAREER Retired from DelDot Materials & Research Section as a supervisor after 35 years; working in sales for Contractors Materials for the last 10 years
    FAVORITE MOVIE “Remember the Titans”
    HOBBIES Watching sports, walking my dog, working in my yard
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