Phillips-Lowe joins council

By Lynn R. Parks

Leanne Phillips-Lowe, who moved to Seaford from Yonkers when she was 11, on Tuesday became only the fourth woman to serve on the Seaford City Council. She was sworn in by city clerk Sharon Drugash to complete the three-year term of Ed Butler, who was elected mayor in March. Phillips-Lowe will serve until March 2007, at which time an election will be held to fill the seat. "We recognize that she is fully equipped to fill out my term," said Butler after the swearing-in ceremony, which was held at the start of the regular council meeting. Phillips-Lowe was accompanied during the ceremony by members of her family including her husband, Tony, her daughter, Kateri Lambrose, her son-in-law, David Lambrose, and her grandchildren Troy, 7, and Kyrsten, 5, all of Seaford. "I consider it an honor to have been asked to serve on the council," Phillips-Lowe said. "The mayor has expressed confidence in me, as has [city manager] Dolores Slatcher and I truly hope that I can live up to their expectations." Phillips-Lowe, 58, graduated from Seaford High School in 1965 and from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and language and elementary education. She returned to Seaford, where she taught third grade at Central Elementary School until 1972, when she left teaching to take care of her infant daughter.

She worked for a time as a freelance writer, working for papers including The Leader in Seaford and the News Journal, Wilmington, for which she covered the Seaford City Council. "I really became interested in the city council at that time," she said. "I didn't understand everything that went on, but I never found the meetings boring. Since then, I have tried to keep up with what is going on in Seaford." She worked for the public television station in Seaford for five years, starting out as executive assistant to the general manager and ending as general manager. Then in 1986, she went to work for Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown, where she is marketing and communications coordinator. She is active with the Seaford chapter of Business and Professional Women, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church and the auxiliary of Disabled American Veterans. She also serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. In addition to her husband and daughter, Phillips-Lowe's family includes her stepson, Tony Jr., Dearfield Beach, Fla., her sister, Debi Thomas, Seaford, and her mother, Arline Phillips, Seaford. Her father, William, died in 2002. Phillips-Lowe said that she comes to the city council "without an agenda or pre-conceived notions." Like many in Seaford, she added, she is "concerned about growth in the city, and that it is done well." "I really believe that you have an obligation to be part of your community," she added. "I just want to serve my time on the council as best I can and make some valuable contribution to the city."

A three-year seat remains open on the council due to the passing of veteran councilman Larry Miller, who was just re-elected.

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