The Town of Millsboro will not hold a town council election this year, as only two residents filed to fill the two council positions up for election this year: incumbents Robert Bryan and Irene Keenan.
“The incumbents were the only two that did file, so there will not be a contest,” explained Town Manager Faye Lingo.
Bryan, who represents Millsboro’s District 1, and Keenan, representing District 3, will be sworn in to new terms during the July 2 council meeting.
“The reorganization of council happens in July each year,” noted Lingo. “July 2 will be the council meeting will be when the mayor, vice mayor, secretary and treasurer will be determined. Those positions will be decided upon amongst the council members.”
Bryan, who has been serving as mayor this year, said he is very pleased to have the opportunity to serve the town for another three years.
“I’m very appreciative for the opportunity to be able to serve in Millsboro in this district. I’ve enjoyed my seven years so far in council and one year as mayor.”
Both Bryan and Keenan said there are projects in the town that they want to see through to completion, which was a factor in their decisions to run for reelection.
“I look forward to the next three years helping with the projects that we’ve started now and seeing them through to completion,” said Bryan. “Right now, we are getting ready to finish our project with the wastewater disposal, getting out of the river and taking it out to the farm we bought on Route 20; also, with the renovation and expansion of our civic center and town hall. Both of these projects are in the works right now, and I would like to see them through to completion.”
“We’ve got a lot of projects – particularly Peninsula Crossing and Plantation Lakes – that I just wanted to, hopefully, see through,” added Keenan. “We have a lot of things that are in the works that I think we all feel very passionate about. I don’t know that I’ll continue three years from now, but for now I just wanted to finish up some stuff that I felt like I was there from the beginning.”
Keenan noted that serving on council is important to her as a resident of the town.
“I live here. I love Millsboro. And I love Sussex County. I feel like it’s my town, and I want to know what’s going on.”
Both said that working with the current council has been a great experience, and they hope to continue to be productive over the next three years.
“It’s a good group,” said Bryan. “I think we all see eye-to-eye on most of the projects. In the seven years I’ve served, we have disagreed, but we’ve always been able to come to a compromise. It’s just a good group to serve with.”
“I’ve just enjoyed working with the group of council I’ve been with,” added Keenan. “We’ve had the same group for so long. We’re a great team.”