McGuiness files for re-election

May 30, 2017

Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness has filed to run for a second term in her second stint as commissioner.

A native of Rehoboth who now lives in Henlopen Acres, McGuiness first served as commissioner from 2000 to 2013. In 2014, she ran again for commissioner in 2014 and won. McGuiness is running for one of three nonresident commissioner seats. 

McGuiness said, “I was urged by so many. Calling, texting, coming to my office stating I was their voice. My constituents have asked me to run for re-election.”

The founding president of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, McGuiness owned and operated a pharmacy and later a retail store in Rehoboth. She ran for lieutenant governor last year, finishing third in a six-person primary. She emphasizes her long experience and familiarity with voters.

“When I was first elected in 2000 and even today, my motto has been and continues to be: preserve, promote and protect the charm and character of the city of Rehoboth Beach,” she said. “I aim to be of value and accountable to the property owners of the city while striking a balance with our outstanding business community, whom I support day in and day out.”

McGuiness said if elected to another term, she would like to develop a process for future municipal projects and review the city’s employee benefits packages to modify if needed. She said she would also like to implement a five-year and 10-year capital improvement plan.

“A thoughtful, common-sense approach must be taken on all issues. As I strive to offer strong and energetic leadership, and I vow to never become complacent,” McGuiness said.

McGuiness is the second candidate to file for election. Susan Gay, also running as a nonresident candidate, filed to run May 17.  The mayor’s seat must be filled by a resident.

The Saturday, Aug. 12 election will feature two commissioner seats up for grabs - McGuiness and Lorraine Zellers are the incumbents - and the mayor’s seat. Incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper said he plans to run for a 10th term but has not filed yet. Zellers has not said whether she plans to run again.

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