Sussex County Council District 3: Meet the candidates

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – Sussex County Council’s District three seat is up for grabs this election day. Facing off are a former mayor and a political newcomer.

On the republican ticket is former Smyrna mayor Mark Schaeffer, He says that experience would help him to lead Sussex County if elected. “I was the mayor for a decade, where we created thousands of jobs. We brought economic activity to our communities, and I propose to do that here in Sussex County,” said Schaeffer.

Schaeffer says he’s also very focused on infrastructure and providing more resources for first responders. “The Lewes, Rehoboth, and Milton fire companies are under tremendous stress. They need our full support, and they need more equitable distribution of the money that is collected,” said Schaeffer.

Infrastructure is another key issue for Schaeffer. “County Council has tremendous influence over the roads. Over DELDOT roads and over roads inside of subdivisions. One of the most pressing issues we have in the third district is congestion,” said Schaeffer.

Meanwhile, running against Schaeffer is write in candidate Patti Drago. Drago says that her 25 years of business experience and legal knowledge would help the county council to make sensible decisions that benefit all residents. “All of that experience gives me a good perspective on how to work issues. Sussex County is like running a business. We have a budget about $157 million,” said Drago.

Drago says a number of issues are important to her, including affordable housing, infrastructure, supporting local first responders, and helping businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID pandemic showed us how vulnerable we are. 50% of the jobs in this county depend on small business for their livelihood and we need to better boost and support the businesses in Sussex,” said Drago.

Drago adds that she feels being a political newcomer gives her an edge. “I think I bring fresh ideas. I’m not a lifelong politician. I consider myself a very moderate individual – very practical and solution oriented,” said Drago.

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