Dagsboro candidates state their cases before election


The Town of Dagsboro will hold an election on Saturday, Dec. 6, for two seats on the Dagsboro Town Council. Each of the two positions is for a two-year term, and four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring. Voting will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the fire hall. Below are their responses to a series of questions compiled by the Coastal Point. The responses are listed in alphabetical order.

William Chandler

Q. What qualifies you to serve on Town Council?

A. With five generations of my family having lived in Dagsboro, we have always tried to give back to the community by volunteering to serve the Town and by participating in its governance. As a lifelong resident, I believe that I understand and appreciate the character and charm of Dagsboro, as well as the quality of life that it affords us. My background and experience in law, business, education and public relations should equip me to help the Town meet the numerous challenges and problems that confront all municipalities.

Q. What do you see as the most important thing to accomplish in the next two years?

A. I hope to accomplish, among other things, the following: (1) make it easier for citizens and business owners to have a voice in establishing priorities for (and general governance of) the Town; (2) increase transparency around the Town’s budgetary process; (3) make sure the Town is financially secure; (4) promote safe and affordable water services for our residents and businesses; (5) increase access to recreational opportunities for our children and grandchildren, as well as develop a more “walkable” Dagsboro through expanded and interconnected sidewalks throughout the Town; and (6) enhance public safety for our residents, including traffic-calming devices and installing safety measures at crosswalks to protect pedestrians using our sidewalks.

Q. Do you have any ideas to increase downtown business development?

A. Dagsboro already has adequate infrastructure to attract economic development — including labor force, roads, utilities, sewer, water and appropriate zoning regulations for the downtown district. Indeed, so far this year three new businesses have opened or will open soon along Main Street. Nevertheless, we can and should do more to support our existing businesses (some of which have been here for a generation or more). There are numerous businesses in Dagsboro that could be helped through pro-growth policies — construction businesses, antique shops, restaurants, specialty stores, home decorating and personal service businesses. Tax and financial incentives could be used to encourage expansion or growth in existing businesses, thereby accelerating job creation.

Q. What makes you the right choice for this seat?

A. I have lived in Dagsboro all my life and have raised my own family here. Thus, I would hope that the citizens of Dagsboro know me (or know members of my family) and have confidence that I would work in the best interests of the Town and all its residents. I have deep roots in this community, as well as connections to the people who live here and the way of life we all enjoy as residents of this small town — and these roots and connections are the animating force that caused me to seek a seat on Council. Ultimately, my 35-year career in law, business and education has taught me that, if you keep an open mind and listen carefully to what others have to say, you will make better, and wiser, decisions.

Cathy Flowers

Q. What qualifies you to serve on town council?

A. I previously served on town council for eight years and am a regular attendee at the council meetings.

Q. What do you see as the most important thing to accomplish in the next two years?

A. I would like to lower taxes. I was serving on town council and was the only “no” vote when they were raised last year, and I really believe that with good money management, we could lower them for 2015.

Q. Do you have any ideas to increase downtown business development?

A. I would love to know what the residents think about this topic. I myself believe that the high amount of traffic may be part of the problem. We have a high volume of traffic through town, but, unfortunately, most of the traffic is in a hurry and just passing through and not wanting to stop at many of our businesses, and residents don’t want to go out on weekends in the summer due to the beach traffic. I enjoy walking through town, but some the sidewalks are treacherous or non-existent.

Q. What makes you the right choice for this seat?

A. I care about the residents’ opinions. During my previous service on town council, I based my decisions/votes on residents’ opinions, not my own.

Patrick Miller

Q. What qualifies you to serve on Town Council?

A. I have served on the Town Planning & Zoning Committee for the past two years. I am familiar with some of the community development plans and concerns that have been brought before us. I have served on multiple military boards and committees, along with church boards and committees. I have grown up in “small-town America” and can relate to smaller community concerns.

Q. What do you see as the most important thing to accomplish in the next two years?

A. I think Dagsboro as a town needs to grow its local businesses. I’m aware that the most-voiced concerns are increased taxes, increased traffic and development control. As a town, I feel we need to attract more local businesses, which will bring in more revenue to our town, which in-turn will help pay for the town maintenance, employee salaries, etc.

Q. Do you have any ideas to increase downtown business development?

A. Re-instating the town “Holiday Parade” was an excellent start in the involvement of community and small local businesses. I think the Botanic Gardens coming to Dagsboro in 2016, along with the “beautification project/grant” will attract would-be new business owners. We will have to continue to build on those fresh new concepts.

Q. What makes you the right choice for this seat?

A. Along with my prior experience of living in small towns and serving on the P&Z committee, I plan to retire from the Army early next year. This will allow me to devote more time to this position than other candidates that still maintain full-time positions.

Norwood Truitt

Q. What qualifies you to serve on Town Council?

A. I have served two years on Planning & Zoning and eight years on council, the last two years in the position of vice-mayor.

I have learned a great deal about how a town council works, trying to balance the needs and desires of the town while keeping an eye on the budget so neither spending nor taxes get out of hand.

Q. What do you see as the most important thing to accomplish in the next two years?

A. Maintaining and improving the park. Better sidewalks and pedestrian access around Dagsboro. Better drainage on our streets after a storm. Completing Phase 3 of the Town Center improvements.

Q. Do you have any ideas to increase downtown business development?

A. To be as reasonable with the costs of permitting as possible so that startups will be encouraged both in Town Center and in the commercial district on Route 113.

Q. What makes you the right choice for this seat?

A. As a lifelong resident of Dagsboro, I will work hard to make sure the town continues to experience responsible growth that will complement our small-town community atmosphere. Dagsboro is my home.