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Middletown will hold an election for three Town Council seats from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in council chambers at Town Hall, 19 W. Green St., Middletown.

Voters will be asked to pick three people for council among six candidates.

Every citizen, 18 years old or older, who lives in Middletown, can vote.  Residents must offer proof of residency 

The Middletown Transcript presented questionnaires to all candidates. All responded with answers, as follows:

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R. James Carns

Years lived in Middletown: 2.5 years

Occupation: Pest Control

Political offices held and/or leadership experience: Managed retail location, church youth leader and single dad of three children.

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

The first issue would be traffic. I am certain there are many ideas to solve this. I believe round-abouts to be one of the better options. The other issue that I believe that should be addressed is getting kids outside more, areas that we can make into parks or play grounds should be, the ones that we have should be maintained better.

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Gregory G. Crawford

Years lived in Middletown: 12 years

Occupation: Retired law enforcement officer

Political offices held and/or leadership experience: Co-chairman of the Trustee Board at the New Tabernacle Baptist Church

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

I welcome an opportunity to contribute to the work of a council person in a leadership position. I have been a dedicated civil service person (law enforcement) over 25 years. In response to summarizing two issues facing Middletown Town Council respectively are:

1. Law Enforcement. Please allow me to introduce a management tool regarding law enforcement called Compstat. Compstar is a process by which crime statistics are collected, computerized, mapped and disseminated quickly. Compstat offers a dynamic approach to crime reduction, quality of life improvement and resources management.

2. Traffic. Something must be done to ease traffic congestion in Middletown. Normally, that means efficient routing which helps with congestion. But in some cases, the rerouting traffic can cause havoc. A traffic congestion study should be conducted by state and local governments. For example, rerouting traffic off hours, truck deliveries and synchronized traffic lights. The abovementioned should be approved by Town Council. In closing, I would like to thank you for your loyalty as a concerned voter.

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Robert McGhee

Years lived in Middletown: 45 plus years

Occupation: Retired cost accountant for DuPont/Ciba Specialty Chemicals after 35 plus years of service

Political offices held and/or leadership experience: I was elected to town council in 2004 until present. I currently manage the water/wastewater dept. for the town. I am proud to be affiliated with the following organizations: American Legion, MOT Jean Birch Senior Center, past Worshipful Master (free Masons), Dale United Methodist Church, Middletown Senior Men’s Golf League, Delaware Founders Insurance Trustee (trustee), Nation Public Safety and Advocacy Committee, Volunteer Hose Company, and Warriors Helping Warriors (Board of Directors).

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

One issue is opioids addiction. I have seen the devastation that heroin can bring to a family. Our police department is equipped with the antidote, Narcan, which has saved several lives to date. Our police are always on the alert for dealers and users. We also have a resource to assist users with their addiction. The town has a commission called, “The Middletown Action Network,” to help users.

Another issue is traffic congestion. The main thoroughfare in and around town is state roads. The state will be widening Route 299 from Route 1 to Catherine Street which will help some and the new Route 301 will also help which will open December 2018. The state is currently looking at other options that might be possible. The residents of Middletown will be notified when additional information becomes available.

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James Meyers

Years lived in Middletown: I have lived in Middletown since 2002. I have two step-children who are AHS graduates and two children currently in Appoquinimink schools.

Occupation: I am currently self-employed as owner/operator of JHM Services a transportation company and independent contractor for Uber and Lyft.

Political offices held and/or leadership experience: I have never held any political offices. My leadership experience is from 8+ years as a quick service restaurant manager and 5+ years as a team lead/manager for a web hosting company.

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

The primary issue facing Middletown is traffic congestion. The new 301 bypass is not going to alleviate much of the congestion through town on 299.The upcoming 299 project may help but not to the extent that many think it will. That project was approved when the town had a population of around 10,000. We are now over 20,000. We need real solutions to the traffic issues and we need them five years ago. Every person in southern New Castle County comes to Middletown for shopping and entertainment. The traffic they bring wasn't accounted for when planning the growth. We need more options to cross town than Main Street and back roads.

The second issue that needs to be addressed is crime. In recent months there seems to have been an uptick in burglaries and drug activities. There are some areas of town that people don't go near because they don't feel safe. We need to work on making people feel safe again.

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James L. Reynolds

Years lived in Middletown: 68 years

Occupation: Retired after 35 years with the Materials & Research Section of state Department of Transportation. I have worked the past 15 years in sales for Contractors Materials LLC.

Political offices held and/or leadership experience:

Councilman for 28 years (26 years as vice mayor); life member of Volunteer Hose Co. (9 years board of directors, 6 years as vice president), M.O.T. Little League as manager, coach, and umpire, (Board of Directors 25 years, president 2 years), 18 years as logistics chairman for Middletown Relay for Life, co-founder of original M.O.T. Youth football league, co-founder of original Big Ball Marathon for M.D.A.; volunteer L.R.F.D Mud Run & Junior Mud Run, member of M.O.T. Senior Center.

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

“One of our biggest issues is traffic. As most people know Main Street and Broad Street are state roads controlled by DelDOT. We have been working with them for the last few years and we have some plans in the works for the near future. Route 299 from Route 1 to Catherine Street will be widened within the next couple of years. Alternate routes through town are also being considered. The new 301 when it opens in December of 2018 should also eliminate some traffic from downtown.

Our country has seen a great rise in violence and drug use and Middletown is no exception. Our police department is working every day to control both of these problems, but we as a community have to help. We need to educate our residents about the dangers of drugs and violence and the harm they are doing to our town. By working with our police and notifying them when we see a problem happening, or going to happen, we can all help Middletown become a safer place.”

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Rob Stout

Years lived in Middletown: More than 12 years.

Occupation: Owner of Alpaca Signs & Designs, a full-service print, marketing and advertising company based in Middletown.

Political offices held and/or leadership experience: Incumbent town councilman

Name two of the biggest issues facing Middletown Town Council and how should those issues be addressed?

Middletown has experienced tremendous growth. Growth in the last 20 years, growth in the last 10 years, and growth in the last five years. All forecasts and signs point to continued growth in the years to come. The biggest issue facing Middletown is simply this: how do we manage that growth so that it doesn’t overwhelm our roads and our schools and our sense of community? The new 301 relief route should take some pressure off routes 299 and 301, but the town still needs to manage growth in a way that protects our community.

At the same time, we need to recognize that many in our community are still suffering from the lingering effects of the recession and still need good paying jobs. We need to work hard to attract more quality employers like Datwyler and Johnson Controls. We have enough restaurants and stores. We need more quality employers. And so, the second biggest issue facing our community is quality employers and quality jobs for our residents.