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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 ' September 4, 1997 Hill, Engleking challenge incumbe ats in Dewey election By Jen Ellingsworth Just when it looked imminent that there would be no election for the second straight year in Dewey Beach, two new candidates sur- faced within minutes of the filing deadline on Thursday, Aug. 21. At approximately 4:54 p.m., Jo Anne Hill and Allen Engleking announced their intent to run for commissioners in the municipal election. There was no election last Sep- tember because no one filed to run against incumbent commissioner Faith Duncan and Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick. In this election, the seats of in- cumbent commissioners James Lavelle, Jim Bracken and Bill Tansey are up for election. The three men have all stated their in- tent to seek re-election. Bracken and Tansey are running for their third terms, while Lavelle is run- ning for his fourth. Hill and Engleking, who are both longtime property owners, are newcomers to the election. The term of commissioner in Dewey Beach is two years. According to the town's charter, no less than two of the commis- sioners must be "resident commis- sioners." Other commissioners must either have the qualifications of a resident commissioner, be an owner or leaseholder of real estate within the town under a lease of five years or more, or be a full- time resident and domiciliary of the town. The 1997 election will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate's forum dur- ing its regular membership meet- ing on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at noon at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Allen Engleking A visitor to the area for approx- imately 30 years, Allen Engleking has owned property on Houston Street since 1978. He is a speech and language pathologist for Prince Georges County Pub- lic Schools in Maryland. He said he decided to run for com- missioner be- ENGLEKING cause he thinks the town needs to evaluate its policing situation. "I believe in policing," said En- gleking. "I've made calls to the police late at night. As a home- owner, I believe if we're going to have police we need to have less on patrol during the daytime and more at night." He said he is also concerned that the current commissioners pass ordinances without consider- ing what the town already has on record. Engleking said he believes the "full-time residents and summer visitors and the business commu- nity should work together and not against each other." He said he is interested in town politics and believes he can offer a different and new perspective. "I think that being on board with a different viewpoint will help to make Dewey Beach the best resort area that it can be," he said. Engleking, along with his wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Elizabeth, are full-time residents of Fort Washington, Md. Jo Anne Hill Jo Ann Hill has owned property on McKinley Street in Dewey Beach since 1981. She is a full- time Dover. resident who owns an H & R Block franchise and SunAmeriean Securities, Inc. The reason she said she decided to enter the election was because Continued on page 20 We've cornepeti the mat'ket on Corner Entertainment LARGE,.., We have them tersi AVAILABLE UNFINISHED, CUSTOM FINISHED & HAND PAINTED 1135 Hwy. One 5 Points Lewes, DE 645-7043 (888) 808-6104 Email: furnituregal@ce.net New candidates: We want to get to know Dewey constituency Walter Palmer, press liasion for Dewey Beach commissioners candidates Jo Anne Hill and Allen Engleking; issued the following press release on Thursday, Aug. 28: Candidates AI Engleking and Jo Anne Hill responded today to Mayor Bob Frederick's radio comments regarding their last minute filing for the Dewey Beach commissioners election to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. Both candidates filed on Thursday, Aug. 21. "While I would have preferred other candidates to come forward, I have become aware of the lack of responsive leadership by the town commissioners, their failure to protect values of our property and our civil rights and their complete disregard of citizen input," said Hill. "Stories of police brutality, failure to balance the town budget, and evidence of poor decision making by the commission- ers compelled me to file." Engleking continued, "Over the next few weeks, we hope that the voters in Dewey Beach will take a hard look at the incumbent commissioners and the actions they have taken that have reduced the value of our investments and quality of life in Dewey Beach." Hill added, "We agree with the mayor's thought that time is short to get to know us as candidates. Therefore, we want to be available to meet, talk with, and get to know the voters of Dewey Beach and hear their concerns. We welcome group of individfial meetings. 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