Gary Glass, one of the three candidates for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats in Rehoboth Beach, held his first public meet-and-greet this past Saturday at the lovely home of Kate and Bunky Markert. More than 40 people attended including current Commissioners Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree, who both decided not to run for reelection in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. They were accompanied by former Commissioners Lorraine Zellers and Bill Sargent, and Susan Gay who ran last year. The tradition in Rehoboth Beach had been to start serious campaigning after July 4. But Glass is trying to get a head start.
Probably the most common concern expressed by those attending is the continued commercialization of Rehoboth’s residential neighborhoods. This includes homes owned by private companies that are built to the maximum size allowed, often with a swimming pool, and are rented sometimes for just one night.
“I support the homeowners and the people that actually lay their head on a pillow and go to sleep in town,” Glass said. “I think those people should have the greatest say in a government over their destiny, their financial security and their quality of life.”
The other two commissioner candidates are Richard Byrne and Patricia Coluzzi. No new news from Coluzzi this past week but Byrne says, among other things, he visited the Cape Henlopen Senior Center last week for the pancake breakfast fundraiser. He is pictured here with Commissioners Stan Mills, Kathy McGuiness and Lisa Schlosser and Richard Kaplan, the senior center interim president.
“The ‘seniors’ are saying what I’ve been saying as a candidate,” Byrne states. “They want the City to continue to protect the things they love about the City they live in — keep our City clean, safe and friendly and keep the downtown business areas vibrant and thriving with easy parking options, and maintain the sidewalks and streets.”
The deadline to register to vote in the August 11, 2018 election is July 12. See the city’s website for info.