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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 20- August 26, 1993 Candidates Continued from page 1 his second term on Town Council, since he was the only full-time resident candidate to fileby the deadline on Thursday, Aug. 19. Lavelle noted that the commis- sioners have worked diligently over the past two years to curtail rowdiness in the town through the implementation of a new police monitor program, a stricter maxi- mum occupancy ordinance, and tighter regulations on restaurants and bars. Four of the candidates partici- pated in a candidates" forum, which was held by the Dewey Beach Civic League on Saturday, Aug. 14. Charlie D. Pollard, who did not file until Monday, Aug. 16, was not present at the forum. In sharp contrast to last year's mudslinging election, the four candidates at the civic league's forum were very congenial during the two-hour forum. They all agreed to stick to the issues and to work vigorously for the home- owners' interests. "We are all pro-homeowner," observed one candidate, James Bracken. He joked that Dewey Beach property owners will have to vote for commissioners based on a "pretty face. "I feel pretty successful," he added. Bracken also noted the absence of restaurant and bar owners, who attended the candidates forum last sunlmer. "Perhaps they think they've already lost this war," Bracken said. "I certainly hope so." All four candidates voiced their support for the preservation of a fragile area south of Rick Judge's Silver Lake Dunes property. Dewey Beach property owners have pressed town officials to take a stand opposing construction of an access road from King Charles Avenue in Dewey Beach to the Judge property. The three non-resident commis- sioners candidates who participat- ed in the candidates' forum are: James Bracken Although this is Bracken's first run for office in Dewey Beach, he is no stranger to the town. Bracken currently serves as chairman of the town's Planning and Zoning Com- mission. In addition, Bracken was co- chair of the Save-The-Beach Committee, which successfully pushed for the adoption of a beach replenishment program. Earlier this month, Bracken stepped down as president of the Dewey Beach Civic league. "My action program is clearly and forcibly for crowd control, noise abatement, reducing density and preservation of our beach and bay," Bracken said. Bracken i's also working on the development of a long-range plan for Dewey Beach. "At the end of a term in office, I would expect to see the adoption of a long-term plan for the future, the institution of amore workable beautification maintenance plan, and a more pro-active town that creates and carries out an aggres- sive public relations program that combats the perception that we are a lawless bar town - which we have been, we are less so now, and we shouldn't be in 1995," Bracken said during his opening statement at the candidates' forum. Bracken, of northern Virginia, is president and chief executive of a medium-sized event management company that specializes in trade shows and conferences. He and his wife Judy have a home on Chesapeake Street in Dewey Beach. Ellen Danaher With many people wondering if Dewey Beach was even going to have an election this summer, Danaher filed Friday, Aug. 13 as the fourth candidate in the race. Danaher's top concerns are traf- fic and public drunkenness. During the forum on Saturday, Danaher stated that she wants "people to take Dewey Beach seri- ously." Danaher believes that the mayor and commissioners should be informed before voting on mea- sures. "If you aren't, you are going to end up in either a cartoon or a law- suit," she said. Danaber served on the town's original Planning and Zoning Commission, and has served as an election judge. Danaher has also worked on committees to tighten regulations on bars and restaurants and to protect residential districts which abut commercial districts. Earlier this year, Danaber lain- basted town officials for attempt- ingto force the resignation of the town's building inspector, Sam Fader. Since the issue first sur- faced, the commissioners have agreed to let Fader keep his job for the time being. Danaher, who has been in Dewey Beach for the past 11 sum- mers, has two children. She and her husband Jim reside in Alexan- dria, Va. and have a home on Swede Street in Dewey Beach. She has a Ph,D, from the Uni- versity of Pittsburgh and worked as an associate professor of audi- tory research at Gallaudet Univer- sity in Washington, D.C. William J. Tansey Tansey has a two-phase approach to diluting Dewey Beach's party town image. First, the town has to discourage inap- propriate behavior by enforcing existing ordinances related to noise and maximum occupancy, he said. "I do not believe that additional ordinances are necessary," Tansey added. Secondly, the town needs to implement a promotional cam- paign to lure families to Dewey Beach, he said. A Delaware resident for the past 50 years, Tansey has owned prop- erty in Dewey Beach for five years. He is employed at the Star Enterprise Refinery in Delaware City, and holds mechanical engi- neering and MBA degrees. Tansey and his wife Ann reside in Wilmington and own a resort home on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach. mm SALES RENTALS DEVELOPERS 4129 Highway One Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 800-242-4213 302-227-6131 Come la00ly 00ith Id$ Pollard Continued from page 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. He is one of four candidates running for the two non-resident commission- er seats open on Town Council. Unlike the other three non-resi- dent candidates, Pollard is viewed as pro-business. Pollard, who can often been seen roller-blading down Del. 1 in Dewey Beach, owns Wings To Go and Moped Charlie's. "I'm not running as a pro-business candidate," Pollard said. "I'm running_as a pro-Dewey candidate. Pollard wants to aggressively work to attract families and week- day business. In order to attract families to the area, the 37-year- old father of four believes that Dewey Beach needs the perspec- tive of someone with young chil- dren. Last year, Pollard stepped aside as a candidate in order to endorse two other candidates. At the time, Pollard threw his support toAlie. Walsh and Robert Fowler, who were members of the Dewey Beach Homeowners and Business Alliance with Pollard. Both candi- dates were unsuccessful in the election. During an interview on Thursday, Pollard explained that he dropped out of the race "to con- solidate the race - to make peo- ple's decisions easier." Pollard said he intentionally filed after a candidates' forum, which was held by the Dewey Beach Civic l.e.ague on Saturday, Aug. 14. He said he was concerned over the civic league's intention to endorse candidates this year. "I don't want the support of any political action group," Pollard said. "I'm standing on my own two feet." Once again, Pollard is making pedestrian safety a corner- stone of his campaign. In addition to public highway safety, Pollard said he wants to address public drunkenness. Pollard has served on the town's emergency preparedness commit- tee, the beach sports committee, and the beach concessionaire com- i/tittee: 4129 Highway Ore- Reholoolh Beach, DE 19971 (302) 226-2 ] O0 (302) 537-0233 I II I I ! I I I I ] I I