This election season, three Millsboro residents have thrown their hats into the ring to serve as commissioner from District 1 on the town council. Joseph Brady has decided to challenge incumbent Tim Hodges and candidate Bill Howlett for the position.
“It’s just a nice quiet town; a good place to retire to,” said Brady of Millsboro. “We had been coming down here since the ’60s.”
Brady is originally from Claymont and is retired from the Markus Hook Refinery. He and his wife originally owned a home in Pot Nets before purchasing their current home in 1984 and moving there full-time in 1992.
Brady is no stranger to the town’s government. He was elected to the council in 1995 and served as a councilman and mayor for the town for 12 years. He said the town is doing well and he hopes to improve upon things such as Cupola Park.
“When I was on, I was instrumental in getting the park straightened out. I worked to get the swings and all that in there,” he said. “That’s the only place we have around here, besides the schools, where children can play.”
Brady said he would be a good candidate for the position as he is actively involved in the community, from being a member of Grace Methodist Church to volunteering for Meals on Wheels.
“I’m an active fellow. I’ve been active all my life. I was active up in Claymont in the Democratic Party. I was a past commander of the VFW and active in the organization for 60 years. I belong to the Lions Club. I’m a Shriner. I’ve just been active in everything I’ve ever done.”
Brady said he hopes during his campaign to speak with Millsboro residents about what he’d like to do for the town.
“I’m just talking to people and hoping they remember me in a nice way,” he said with a laugh. “I thought I did a nice job when I was a councilman and mayor.”
Brady said he fondly remembers serving the town and believes he’s up to the task of rejoining council to help better his town.
“When I was the councilman and mayor, I think I did a nice job. No one ever complained about my work. I think I can get back into the swing of things.”
Millsboro’s municipal election will be held on June 8. The polls will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Millsboro Town Center, located at 322 Wilson Highway. Anyone wishing to cast a vote in the election must be a bona fide resident of the Town of Millsboro and be at least 18 years old.