Seaford City Council incumbents to return for three-year terms

By Lynn R. Parks

Residents of Seaford voted overwhelming Saturday to return two incumbents to the city council. Dan Henderson received 189 votes and William Mulvaney received 168 votes.

Challenger Dan Cannon got 38 votes.

Only 206 residents of Seaford cast ballots in the election; 20 of them voted by absentee ballot.

In the three-way race, the two top vote-getters won seats on the council. Terms are for three years.

This was Cannons second defeat in a council race. Last year, he lost to incumbent Leanne Phillips-Lowe, 288 to 87.

Both Henderson and Mulvaney were elected to their first terms in 2014. This was the first time that they had faced re-election.

Henderson said that he was pleased to receive so many votes. It is comforting to start a second term with a strong vote of confidence, he said. While he stopped short of calling his victory a mandate, he said that the margin of victory shared by Mr. Mulvaney and myself made a clear distinction between our positions and those of our opponent.

Mulvaney, who had no comment on the election, said that he is anxious to resume work on the citys budget and on construction of a new electrical substation.

He is also looking forward to the dedication of the new Residences at River Place apartment building in downtown Seaford, set to take place Friday.

Like Mulvaney, Henderson looks forward to continued work on the substation project. He also wants to look for a resolution to the deterioration of some of our communitys housing stock, and the restoration of our neighborhoods; push for the citys economic growth; and collaborate with the Seaford School District on matters of common interest. The success of our city and the school district are inextricably tied together, he said.

On a personal level, Henderson said that he is interested in collaborating with public, private and faith-based organizations to help deal with homelessness and drug abuse which affects the quality of life for all of us in Seaford.

As always, I am interested in hearing the concerns of those I serve, Henderson added. It is an honor to serve the stakeholders off the city of Seaford in this way, and I will work as hard as ever to earn the trust of everyone, not just of those who voted for me.

Cannon did not respond to requests for comment.

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