Vote devisive Rehoboth commissioners out

September 29, 2017

The following letter was sent to Rehoboth Commissioners; Mills, Sharp and Gossett, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

On Aug. 12 Rehoboth Beach held an election and the outcome was clear that change was wanted when Paul Kuhns defeated long-time incumbent Sam Cooper for mayor. For city commissioner, Kathy McGuiness had 903 votes; Lisa Schlosser had 703 votes, and they won their races handily, compared to Susan Gay receiving 637 votes.

The town sent a message that the way things have been done is no longer working, and they voted for change. Sept. 15 you had the opportunity to support the newly elected mayor and the citizens of Rehoboth Beach, but you obviously were not listening to what the voters said Aug. 12 when you submitted Susan Gay's name to fill the remainder of Paul Kuhn's' unexpired term as a commissioner.

Ms. Gay is a divisive figure whom the voters soundly rejected in her recent bid for office. The voters sent a clear message that said Susan Gay is not a person they want as a commissioner.

Alternatively, when Mayor Kuhns submitted the eminently qualified former Commissioner Pat Coluzzi's name, you, to your collective disgrace, voted against her.

The town is facing a financial crisis on how we will pay for the new City Hall that has cost more than $20 million, as well as the water outfall project.

There are going to be hard choices to make on how to pay for all these items the town authorized when there was no long-term capital budget for five or 10 years.

You had the chance to be part of the solution by supporting the new mayor's choice for commissioner and voting for Pat Coluzzi. Instead, you chose to be part of the problem and put forth a candidate that the town voted against.

When you are up for re-election I hope the citizens of the town remember your actions and vote you out of office.

John Swift
Rehoboth Beach


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