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  • DeFeo, Masten vie for Smyrna mayor's seat

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    • Smyrna Town Council election
      WHEN 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
      WHERE Citizens' Hose Company, 103 W. Commerce St.

      VOTER QUALIFICATIONS
      *Citizens who are 18 years of age
      *Citizens who have lived in the Town...
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      Smyrna Town Council election
      WHEN 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30

      WHERE Citizens' Hose Company, 103 W. Commerce St.

      VOTER QUALIFICATIONS

      *Citizens who are 18 years of age

      *Citizens who have lived in the Town of Smyrna for at least 30 days preceding the election date

      *Citizens who are properly registered with the State of Delaware Department of Elections
  • Smyrna will have a new mayor when polls close after the Tuesday, April 30 town election as Councilman Anthony DeFeo and Councilwoman Joanne Masten are running for the open seat left vacant by Mayor Pat Stombaugh, who has decided against going for another term.
    Here are the candidate profiles for DeFeo and Masten.
    Anthony DeFeo
    AGE 61
    YEARS LIVED IN SMYRNA 10
    EDUCATION Delaware County Community College; Widener University
    OCCUPATION Corporate Director of Occupational Safety & Health, Congoleum Corporation
    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Past member of Boy Scouts of America, Leedom Estates Volunteer Fire Company, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Original member of the Delaware County Emergency Planning Commission, Member of the Delaware chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
    YEARS SERVED ON COUNCIL 5
    Q WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF SMYRNA?
    A I have been on council for five years. I understand the issues and problems facing our town. I have served on seven committees; the experience and exposure to the wide variety of issues facing our town from utility rates to police staffing has been invaluable. Through my professional experience, I bring leadership and organizational skills needed to work with Council in a professional and cohesive manor, a Council that will not be considered as the mayor's team but as equals, colleagues working together for the people of Smyrna.
    Q WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING SMYRNA AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THEM?
    A Businesses and public safety: By creating incentives and friendly atmosphere to attract new businesses to Smyrna. By ensuring the infrastructure is in place to accommodate anticipated needs and a competitive but fair utility rate structure is in place. For existing businesses, we need to look at utility rates, parking, streetscapes, etc., assisting to assure their success. Creating a climate that will encourage people to shop and spend here.
    Public safety: There needs to be an increase in the amount of officers available to patrol our town, ten are just not enough. This will be addressed by making public safety a number one priority and providing the SPD the manpower and tools needed to assure the safety of our citizens.
    Expanding the police station, a new library, enlarging town hall, roads that need resurfacing, failing underground utilities and the list goes on. We need to prioritize first and realize that whatever we chose to do, it will be the taxpayers who will foot the bill.
    Q WHY SHOULD RESIDNTS VOTE FOR YOU?
    Page 2 of 2 - A During the past 5 years, I have served on the Finance, Public Safety, Utility, Contract Negotiations, Charter Review, Long Range Planning and Police Building Committees. During that time, my interest was what would better serve the residents of Smyrna. I have stood up for the people and fought for their issues. What would improve their safety and quality of life? As your Mayor I will continue to work for your interest.
    Joanne Masten
    AGE 64
    YEARS LIVED IN SMYRNA 63
    EDUCATION Smyrna High School
    OCCUPATION Retired, Worldwide Customer Service Manager at Hercules Incorporated
    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Chairman Smyrna Clayton July 4th Association, Charter Member Smyrna High Alumni Association, Smyrna Opera House, Duck Creek Historical Society, President Aeropark Authority
    YEARS SERVED ON COUNCIL 2, participated on Ethics Commission; Chair, Personnel Committee, Chair, Tree Commission, Long Range Planning Committee, Business Development Committee, Chair, Contract Negotiation Committee
    Q WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF SMYRNA?
    A Over the years I have been involved in many community events. Now that I am retired, I have time to do more. I have enjoyed my two years on council, learned a lot but want more involvement. I am committed to the Town of Smyrna. It is my home and I want to see the town grow in a controlled manner. I have strong communication skills, am customer focused and have demonstrated the ability to build teams which are necessary to get work done.
    Q WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING SMYRNA AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THEM?
    A The two most important issues:
    a. Infrastructure north of Smyrna – this is vital to the town being able to attract new business. Bids are due to go out late April/early May for the water lines to go under Duck Creek. We must work with our legislators and others in order to secure the necessary funds to complete the utility work. However, we must also be certain that we can afford the debt service that will be associated with this work.
    b. Control spending to ensure that our utility costs and tax rates do not escalate out of control – Department budgets must be evaluated by our Finance Committee to insure that requested monies are required. Management must be held accountable for adhering to approved budgets.
    Q WHY SHOULD RESIDENTS VOTE FOR YOU?
    A Smyrna has always been my home and I want to make a difference in the community. I have common sense, the time, energy and business experience to do what is required to move the town forward.

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