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Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Host Candidates’ Forum

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the Rehoboth Beach Mayoral and Full Candidates Forum Monday morning.

The process began with the Mayoral Debate consisting of four questions, followed by the full Candidates’ Forum where five questions were asked. The forum concluded with a Q & A session from the floor.

The event was a way for voters to get to know the two mayoral candidates, Incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper and City Commissioner Paul Kuhns.

The two candidates have a different plan of action for developing a city rich with business. 

"The business owners need to have a seat at the table with the commissioners to make sure businesses don't leave town -- more businesses coming to town and continue to have that tourism that really pays for our way here," said Kuhns.

"For 27 years, I've been the mayor of this town. Most people tell me they love the town. Why would you want to change horses when you know what works?" said Mayor Cooper.

Commissioner Kuhns said he decided to challenge Mayor Cooper in part after hearing concerns about the cost overruns regarding two of the city's major undertakings: the ocean outfall project and the new city hall construction.

"The mayor needs to step back and not be the project manager for these projects. You know, cost overruns are going to happen on any project, but we need to know exactly what's coming and how it affects us," said Kuhns.

Mayor Cooper said the city will forgive any inconveniences in the long run.

"I think economically -- people will disagree with that -- but when you look at what we're going to get. How we got there. I'm not unhappy with it," said Mayor Cooper.

It was the debate voters were hoping to hear.

"For us, it's preserving Rehoboth they way we know and love it," said Matt Gaffney of Rehoboth Beach. 

"I'm concerned about the ocean outfall and how we're going to finance it," said Bill Zimmer of Rehoboth Beach. 

The Rehoboth Beach Municipal elections will take place Saturday, August 12.

 

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