Three good reasons to elect Bunky Markert

July 17, 2014

I am writing to respectfully suggest the voters of Rehoboth Beach they have an eminently qualified new candidate for city commissioner, and I am going to give three reasons why I feel everyone should vote for him Saturday, Aug. 9.

Francis Gavin Markert Jr., who goes by his nickname “Bunky,” is 62, retired, and originally from Baltimore. He has owned a home in the Schoolvue neighborhood of Rehoboth since 2004 with his wife Kate, the director of the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D,C., and has been a resident since 2010. He splits his time between Rehoboth and Washington, D.C.

Here is why you and I should vote to elect him.

First, he has spent his time in public service getting to know the little issues which make a city like Rehoboth Beach work. Markert currently serves as secretary of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission and was appointed to the position in October 2009. In addition, he is the treasurer of the Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association, which raised funds for the Garden of the Navigators in Cranberry Park. He is the board chair of the CityLit Project, a literary arts organization in Baltimore. This kind of community-based insight is invaluable for a commissioner.

Second, and of equal importance, he really knows “the numbers.” A CPA licensed in Maryland and Ohio, Markert worked for the State of Maryland for 17 years in the departments of transportation and environment as an auditor, and later as the chief of accounting services. He has worked as finance director for a series of nonprofit organizations, including WCPN-FM Cleveland Public Radio, the Hartford (Conn.) Symphony, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Maryland Historical Society. More than ever we need fiscal wisdom in our city government. I bet Tom McGlone would agree with that.

Third, he has no conflicts of interest which are troubling, but unavoidable for candidates in a small community; as when then-commissioner and real estate agent Kathy McGuiness (and current candidate after she has moved back to Henlopen Acres from the Rockies) voted in 2005 against the FAR zoning ordinances which limited outsized houses. This measure was soon shown to have widespread support in a referendum vote.

He is a really good and decent and smart and super-qualified and non-conflicted person who will hold our interests in heart if elected. Please vote for him August 9.

Stan Heuisler
Rehoboth Beach

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