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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I . May 7, 1998.21 Lewes candidates finding variety of voter responses being run and hope it can stay on its same course. "I'm only hear- ing positive things but maybe that's because I'm hearing from people who will vote for me." George Cleaver, seeking to un- seat Smith, said the two biggest is- sues he's been hearing about are finances and parking and traffic. "They've been reading the de- bate over how the town's reserve fund is being handled and I plan to discuss that at the candidates' fo- rum," said Cleaver. "But they're also concerned about not finding a place to park and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. And people along Third Street, where new meters have been installed, want the public parking lot on Third Street to be metered as well. They're upset about that." Bennett feels confident Jud Bennett, a challenger for one of two council seats up for election, said he's talked to more than 500 people in Lewes. "Sev- enty-five percent of them say they're going to vote for me. That's what I'm hearing - that I'm going to win. I've been asked about the DeBraak property on the beach and it concerns me that if the variances for that new project are upheld we'll have a hard time our height limit. If the variances aren't upheld by the judge and I'm elected, I will work to have the building condemned and implod- ed at the owner's expense." Bennett said people are also bringing up the town's investment policy. "There's no doubt it can be improved. And that's what's good about this election. Even if they don't think I'm the one, they still know that a better investment policy would result in more mon- ey to improve our infrastructure. And they're telling me they think I'll have the courage to stand up and say what I think. They're also concerned about the town's plan- ning and zoning commission and how it can be improved. I would streamline that whole pros :and make it truly the final advisory board to the council." Jim Ford, running for re-elec- tion to council, said he's not hear- ing of afiy major concerns. "It's not like last year when there was no chief of police. The people I talk to think things are going pret- ty well. There are some little con- cerns, and they are just, and coun- cil will need to work on them." Jim Bastian, seeking a first term, said he, too, is hearing that people are satisfied. "They want things to be monitored but they By Dennis Forney There are 1,163 voters regis- tered for the Saturday, May'9 election in Lewes. According to the candida(es running for the mayor's and two council seats, many of those vot- ers have concerns for their town while others like the way the town is operating. Each of the candi- dates will have a chance to air their views in the annual candi: dates' forum sponsored by the Lewes Homeowners Association. That will begin at 8 p.m. in the up- stairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library on Friday, May 1. The public is invited to hear five- minute presentations by the candi- dates and then to ask them ques- . tions. George Smith, running for his third term as mayor, said this week he expects a big turnout on election day. "People are plannin- ng to get out and vote, based on what I'm hearing. There's been some controversy in the papers, especiallly in the council races. That tends to prompt a good turnout: But we've had good turnouts in recent years - in the 80 to 90 percent level. Other places have 20 to 25 percent voter turnout and they can't believe what happens here," said Smith. hiSCihhy/aid P;;pJeya[he tenig ttellingh;?t;e;rp;rYl;er;on ltikekLtie;g s [rhee;hef;Sp:li;h I I Help Th0se in Need I = ,o.u oo,zq | I DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD BY YOUR MAILBOX! l I ./''-"'x Forfurther | I " /.,' ='rAv m' information I I V'.,";,,d#,, ) co, t I e.hobom I I I I ) ' " ,V/_''',, or I I " LL. c-.R_s" / i-%-, Postoffice I I , l Pleasenote: I I ' ('" "g#.,L'- I LT Larger. I I AI'4P OU'I  O7-1u )  A donations I i .,,.. (, taken to your | 154   " Iocal post I I ='. " africa. I t NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LI::ITI:R CARRII:RS, AFL-CIO I ly though there are some wishes in that direction." he'd like looked into. But as far Stephanie Tsantes, also running as trends go, people make an ef- for a first term on council, said a fort to tell you when they're un- lot of people are concerned about happy and I'm not hearing much' Continued on page 22 - Now -- Open Thursday - Sunday from 5:30 p.m. Fine Dining Since 1980 Continental Cuisine Romantic Atmosphere Award Winning Wine List 210 Second Street, Rehoboth Beach RESERVATIONS: 227-6494 DON'" FORGET TO LEAVE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD BY YOUR MAILBOX!