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Candidate Schaeffer discusses affordable housing needs

October 16, 2020

Sussex County, and in particular the 3rd District of the county, has an affordable housing crisis.  We must do better to provide housing opportunities in the 3rd Sussex County Council District for our citizens who can’t afford luxury homes.

Homeownership is the greatest way for our families and citizens to build wealth and prosperity.

The 3rd District runs all the way north to the Kent County line and west over to Ellendale and Georgetown.  The county council should work toward providing changes to our zoning ordinances and planning practices to encourage developers to invest in providing homes that all of our citizens and their families can afford.  Our families in the western and northern areas should not be left out.  They also deserve our full support and efforts to help provide jobs and housing they can afford.

Clearly the first step is to aggressively work to provide quality, high-paying jobs.  We are almost exclusively reliant on the service industry to provide jobs.  There are a few positive steps the county can implement to accomplish this.

We need to provide additional support to our current economic development director to enable him to market our wonderful and diverse communities to national employers.  I have a strong record of accomplishment as a mayor in recruiting high-quality jobs with health and retirement benefits to the community which I served.  It is an easy sell.  Our lifestyle and diversity make us a very desirable place to live and rear our families. We can and should actively let employers know this.

I look forward to bringing my extensive experience of job creation and creation of housing opportunities to Sussex County and ask for your vote on Nov. 3 so that we can get to work on this critical need.

Mark G. Schaeffer, candidate
Sussex County Council 3rd District
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