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Experience matters in Rehoboth Beach, but . . . 

July 31, 2020

After many years of visiting Rehoboth Beach for a week each summer, my wife and I bought a home here in December 2014 and moved here full time in March 2017. 

We initially fell in love with being able to walk everywhere in town, finding a wide variety of restaurants and unique retail shops and the excitement of the summer crowds. Becoming full-time residents made us realize that Rehoboth Beach would be even more appealing if it were able to combine its sense of community and friendly neighborhoods with a vision focused on building for future generations.  Combating COVID-19 to survive today provides us with the opportunity to build on what we are learning to plan for an even brighter future.  I believe that Paul Kuhns, Hugh Fuller and Rachel Macha will provide the leadership to get us there.  

As a commissioner for the past 18 months, I have seen the dedication and commitment that each commissioner brings to the position.  I served with Stan Mills for nine months and am thankful for his commitment to serve.  Before becoming a commissioner, I observed Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree when they were commissioners and applaud their dedicated service.  These are three individuals with experience as former commissioners focused on building a future based on tradition that will maintain Rehoboth Beach’s image as a quaint beach community.  

For nearly 20 months, I have served with Paul Kuhns.  During this time, he has led the effort to repair and replace an aging infrastructure within budget.  He has been our advocate with the Office of the Governor and has worked closely with the city manager, police chief and their staffs to keep us safe and our city clean while being helpful to our businesses and hospitable to our visitors.  These are just two of many examples of his dedication to making Rehoboth Beach better.  Throughout his term, he has been unjustly criticized, but has maintained his professionalism and focus on making Rehoboth better for all.  He has clearly demonstrated that he is the leader we need to create a brighter future.

Since first meeting Hugh Fuller as a patron of the Purple Parrot and Iguana Grill, I have witnessed firsthand his business savvy and dedication to his staff and customers. He will bring this same dedication to make Rehoboth Beach the place where everyone is welcome, feels safe and has the opportunity to share our unique beach community.  He is well prepared, plans for the unexpected and seeks common ground with other leaders to effectively overcome challenges. These skills and qualities, along with his positive approach and contagious enthusiasm, will lead us all to an even brighter future.

Upon meeting Rachel Macha when she was appointed to the planning commission, I was immediately impressed by her commitment to and love for her family, her dedication to service and her enthusiastic desire to better serve our city. 

Her unique combination of skills and experience, along with her positive approach to tackling difficult challenges will best position Rehoboth Beach to embrace the best of its past while building a prosperous future for all of us. 

I truly believe that experience matters in solving today’s challenges and providing a path for the future, but I more strongly believe that it is the right combination of experience, strategic thinking, positive energy and enthusiasm that will lead us on the best path to having a stronger, more vibrant, caring community for today and for our future.  That is why I will be voting for Kuhns, Fuller and Macha Aug. 8.  

Steve Scheffer
Rehoboth Beach
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