by Terry Rogers
On Saturday, April 27, City of Milford Ward 1 residents will be able to choose between two candidates to represent them on City Council. Councilman Chris Mergner chose not to run for re-election. Daniel Marabello and Samuel J. Passwaters III are vying for the seat vacated by Councilman Mergner.
“At this time, I have elected not to seek another term for the City Councilman Ward 1 seat,” Councilman Mergner announced. “While I have valued my tenure on the Council, I am looking forward to focusing on my current employment, community involvement and spending additional quality time with my family. It is time for someone else to have the pleasure to serve.”
Marabello is no stranger to City Council. In 2008, he defeated long-term Mayor Ronnie Rogers and served as Milford’s Mayor for two years. Marabello has lived in Milford for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has worked as an accountant and auditor. He also operated a large retail store in a mall for several years. Marabello is active in Downtown Milford Inc., serving on the Bug and Bud Festival Committee as well as the Design Committee. He is also active in Secondstreet Players, currently serving as Vice-President. He served as Treasurer of the organization and deeply involved in the current renovation project at the theatre.
“I am running because that is where the action is,” Marabello said. “If you are concerned about where you live, you have got to get involved. With my background, I feel I can help the City get to the next level, to enhance what they are already doing. I want to help make Milford more inviting and I feel my strong background in finance can help Milford move forward while remaining fiscally responsible.”
Passwaters was born in Milford and has lived in the town most of his life. He graduated from Milford High School and is a small business owner, operating as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction. His business has been in operation for more than 30 years and he’s is” humbled and proud to have been involved in helping families build, improve and enhance their livelihoods.”
“I am running for City Council to give every resident a voice in the operations and achievements of our City government,” Passwaters said. “Firsthand, I have seen and heard from others the difficulty our citizens have experienced navigating our local government, how it affects residents as well as our investors’ ability to operate in the City of Milfod. I want ot be a champion of change and represent the needs and interests of Milford’s residents. I want to help the City create a better way to work with residents and business owners in an effort ot create a better Milford. We have a wonderful, active and growing City which consists of retirees, young professionals and families. I want to give every resident the best life possible in the City of Milford. I am a proud resident of the City of Milford and I look forward to serving the residents of Milford.”
Initially, Cindy Schofield, who was a mayoral candidate in 2018 registered to run for Councilman Mergner’s seat, but withdrew in late February.
“After long consideration, I have decided not to run for City Council,” Schofield said. “I am my mother’s caretaker and, along with substitute teaching, it is taking up a lot of my time. I won’t be able to give my all in campaigning and I don’t want to do it like that.”
Todd Culotta, Ward 2, Douglas E. Morrow, Ward 3, and Jason L. James, Sr., Ward 4, are all unopposed in their Council seats. Brian Baer filed to run against Councilman Morrow but withdrew due to an educational opportunity that would have conflicted with Council meetings.
The election is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at City Hall which is located at 201 South Walnut Street from 10 AM until 6 PM. Voters must be registered with the City of Milford by March 28 in order to cast their ballot and only Ward 1 residents are eligible to vote. Registration in federal or state elections does not qualify residents to vote in City elections. To learn how to register or to obtain an absentee ballot, contact the City of Milford at 302-422-1111.
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