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There will be an election on Saturday, April 10, 2021, for City of New Castle residents. Vote at the New Castle Senior Center from 8am to 6pm.City of New Castle elections are held on the second Saturday in April, every second year (on odd-numbered years). The Mayor, Council President and a four-member City Council form the elected government for the city. Council members are elected to a four-year terms. Two council seats are open in 2021; each voter may select two of the following candidates on their ballots.Residents within city limits are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old on election day, have lived in the city for 30 days prior to the election, and have registered to vote with the State of Delaware at least five 5 days prior.For the 2021 election, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered City of New Castle voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Affidavits for Absentee Ballots will be available from the City Office.

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    Russell P Smith

Información Biográfica

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If elected, what will your top priorities be for the coming term?

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Briefly stated, what do you like best and least about your city or town?

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Last edit date: Submitted 3/22/2021
Residence (neighborhood/area): Historic New Castle, Delaware
Campaign Phone: (302) 319-7462
Campaign email: rpsdel@verizon.net
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): I'm a native of the New Castle, Delaware area, graduated from the University of Delaware, and spent 42 years in the National Park Service, retiring as Superintendent of First State National Historical Park in New Castle. I now work part-time as an interpretive planner, primarily in National Parks. I have served on the New Castle City Council for the last two years.
I believe public service is a high calling and was privileged to serve 42 years in the National Park Service. I have served the residents of New Castle for last two years on City Council and would like to continue that service. This Council has overcome the lack of civility that plagued the previous Council and has achieved much, but there is much more to do.
- New Castle faces an existential crisis due to Climate Change. We need to continue developing a solid plan with the state's Division of Natural Resources and to identify and obtain the resources to implement that plan. - We need to continue to use the Delaware Downtown Development program to revitalize the downtown shopping and dining district to provide jobs, serve local residents, and attract visitors. - We need to continue to work on the current transportation plan to better manage traffic that sometimes seems to overwhelm us.
We live in a small town. I am easily accessible at my home, on the phone, and through email. Council meetings are open to all and its minutes are available in the "New Castle Weekly" and on the City web site. I have supported continuing the monthly bulletin that goes out with each resident's utility bill. I'd also like to see us explore ways to better reach out digitally.
I have had a wide range of experience. I served in the National Park Service for 42 years and in City Council for the last 2 years. In my ten years as Superintendent of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County National Military Park, I managed some 7,000 acres containing 4 major Civil War battlefields spread over 40 square miles and, in doing so, dealt with four counties and 1 independent city. I also was responsible for a $5 million operational budget and supervised all aspects of the operation, including public affairs, finance, human resources, maintenance, natural resources, cultural resources, visitor services, and a federal law enforcement operation.

Personally, I am dedicated to public service and want New Castle to be a place where people want to live, want to buy a home, and want to visit.
I love the overall charm and historic ambiance of the city as well as its small town feel.

What I like least is the idea of New Castle trending to become a commuter village.