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Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber to Host Senate District 6 Candidate Q&A TODAY

Republican candidate Ernie Lopez (center) answers a question during the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Senate District candidates forum.

UPDATED BY ANDREW KOCH: The three candidates for the new 6th Senate District discussed the big issues facing the Cape Region during today’s candidates forum at the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon meeting.

Republican candidate Ernie Lopez explained that the people in the region are looking for someone who won’t just be an advocate, but a champion to represent them and their interests in Dover. Democrat candidate Andy Staton emphasized the need for smart growth planning for the future in the area, which has become increasingly more populated and developed in recent years. He explained how that planning will protect the area’s quality of life that attracts visitors and retirees, as well as improve the quality of the area’s roads and schools. Staton also says that with the area’s population becoming increasingly older, there’s a significant opportunity to bring medical services jobs to the area. Jones expressed support for eliminating the gross receipts and estates taxes as ways of reducing taxes. Like Staton, she feels that DelDOT isn’t doing a very good job of making the area’s roads, including Route 1, safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. Those answers were in response to a question from the chamber about the high number of pedestrians and cyclists that were hit by vehicles on the highway this summer.

ORIGINAL STORY BY KELLY STEELE

The Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is today hosting a general membership meeting which will include the chance to meet the candidates for Senate District 6.

Democrat Andy Staton, Republican Ernie Lopez and Libertarian Wendy Jones have all been invited to the event which starts at noon at Kings Creek Country Club.

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