On Tuesday, September 13, local Republican voters will be deciding which candidate they want to represent their County district in the upcoming general election. The 2nd District of the Sussex County Council represents several towns in Sussex County including parts of Ellendale, Georgetown, Greenwood, Laurel, Milford and Millsboro. The two Republican candidates are Lisa Briggs and Samuel Wilson.
Born and raised in Millsboro, Lisa Briggs has four grown children and 10 grandchildren. Graduating from Sussex Central High School, she has served as ambulance attendant in Millsboro in the early 1990’s, past president of the Sussex Central Field Hockey Boosters, former officer in North Georgetown PTO, member of the Georgetown Historical Society, member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7422 and member of Sussex County Women’s Republican Club. Briggs worked for the State of Delaware 32 plus years for various agencies including Stockley Center, Social Services, and finished up the last 15 years at the Department of Elections, Supervisor of the Sussex County office.
1. Why are you running for Sussex County Council?
The time is right for me to give back to the County that has given me so much. I was born and raised in Sussex County and have witnessed first hand many of the changes that have occurred here. I have recently ended a 32+ year career with the State of Delaware and my family is at a stage where I am able to devote the time and energy necessary to undertake this responsibility. I believe I have the time, the energy and the experience to bring a fresh perspective to these challenges. Our county has changed – and will continue to change. We must not forget where we came from, but we must be prepared to see where we are going.
2. What personal or professional background will assist you in performing the duties of Sussex County Council?
I have worked for the State of Delaware in the social services realm for over 32 years. I have raised a family in this county. I have witnessed first hand the strengths and weaknesses of the growth that has occurred. My career in the social services system in Sussex County has demonstrated to me the needs which exist and the best way to allocate our resources. This is not the Sussex County of 30 years ago. We have to be prepared to meet the needs of a growing region.
3. What local challenges do you believe are most significant and how will you assist in finding a solution?
We must improve communication among the stakeholders in county decisions – DelDot, DNREC, the General Assembly – all need to work effectively together rather than in opposition to one another. We must look to the infrastructure needs of our county. Just because we CAN build something doesn’t mean we SHOULD if the infrastructure can’t handle it. Broadband access is necessary to grow our county in a more technologically-based job market and personal needs environment. We must look to find the best solutions to issues – not just adopting a “build everything or build nothing” approach. Sensible government is what we need.
4. How will you work with local officials to meet the needs of residents within the district you represent?
I already have a close working relationship with state, county and federal offices, given my background in state service. I will continue to work with, meet with and communicate with all of these contacts. If we can’t communicate, we can’t work together.
5. Give an example of something Sussex County Council has done to improve the quality of life for residents of Delaware.
Smart 911 – a free service offered to the residents of our county. Users are able to pre-load valuable information and share this information with paramedics, police officers and firefighters in a Safety Profile. This proactive sharing of information is vital. New technology will play a key role in providing services for our citizens.
6. Give an example of something you would like to change in the next year if you are elected to Sussex County Council?
We must do a better job giving the public access to and a role in government. We must move to strengthen the knowledge of our citizens and solicit their thoughts, concerns and comments early on in decision-making processes. A better use of technology, coffees within each district, a more meaningful period of time for “public comment” – all of these things must be done to improve public participation in their government.
7. Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
I listen. I respond. I have the time, the energy and the ability to meet with constituents where the needs are. I like to think I am a positive person who is always “on the go”. I look forward to meeting the residents of this District to be part of a positive, planned response to the challenges facing us. I am a first-time candidate for public office. I don’t bring the baggage of having been part of the concern – I can be part of the solution.
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