Shirley A. Price
Road 2, 120 Atlantic Ave.
Millville, DE 19967
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: Manager, Murray's Bait and Tackle Shop; Realtor, Remax by the Sea
Education: Lord Baltimore High School; some college
Family: Married to Gordon 34 years. They raised two daughters in Sussex County and presently have five grandchildren.
Community Involvement: Member of High Tide Baptist Church; Lord Baltimore Lioness; Member of VFW 7234 Ladies Auxiliary; Member of South Coastal Delaware AARP. Active and serves on: Sussex County Senior Services Board; Friends of South Coastal Library Board; Coastal Leisure Center Bldg. Fund Board; Compassionate Care Hospice Professional Advisory Committee; Interfaith Mission of Sussex County Board
Ocean View Historical Commission; U of D Sea Grant Advisory Commission; Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation - Board Member. Prior service includes: President, ord Baltimore Elementary School PTO; President, Indian River High School PTSO (1985-1990); Board Member, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, (1989-1992); Chair, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Surf-fishing Tournament (1979-1992). Has also been active in: Oak Orchard Riverdale Boys and Girls Club; Girl Scouts - 20 years; Paramedic Advisory Committee.
Political Experience: Besides serving as 38th District delegate has also serviced on: Sussex County Sign Ordinance Committee; Advisory Council, on Fin Fisheries; Metachem Task Force (2003); Family Law Commission.
The most pressing issue facing my district, and how I propose to fix it: As I travel around the 38th District the overwhelming concern on everyone's mind is the explosive growth happening in the coastal area. A growth without adequate planning. We need all levels of government (town, county, and state) to be concerned about the capacity of our roadways and our drinking water supply, whether electric companies can continue to meet the demand placed on them, safe evacuation routes, the health of our inland bays, and the strain on emergency service providers. We need to make sure the necessary infrastructure is in place before development occurs not years later. I believe we can have growth that protects our quality of life and keeps the economy strong and our property values high. We need to make sure that those making land use decisions make the best choices when voting on issues that affect our quality of life.
To strengthen the voice of Sussex County residents in the land use decisions of the County Council, I propose to introduce legislation that would mandate that the council members be elected on a county-wide basis, while retaining the district boundaries for each council seat. Making council members accountable to all county residents will create a powerful incentive for them to weigh the interests of all citizens in their deliberations, making it difficult to ignore those interests falling outside their respective districts. What I am hoping to achieve with this proposal is greater balance and more attention to the ripple effect of individual land use decisions on communities and community services without expanding the cost of government.