I am writing this letter of endorsement to urge the voters of Rehoboth Beach to vote to re-elect Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness on August 12.
Kathy and I have worked together for years, first when I was the State Police Captain at Troop 7 in Lewes, and she was heading up and bringing back the 4th of July fireworks to Rehoboth Beach. She put together a great team including people from the town council, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, the business community, the fire company, Rehoboth police department and paramedics, the State Police, the Fire Marshal’s office, DNREC and volunteers from the community. She took great responsibility and ran the program with level-headed efficiency.
I have also worked with her in my role as State Representative while she was founder and long-time board member for Rehoboth Beach Main Street and as a Rehoboth Beach Commissioner. She cares about downtown Rehoboth, and gets things done with energy and common sense and excels as a leader.
A tip of the iceberg of her accomplishments: Founding president of Main Street, Rehoboth Beach Commissioner, CAMP Rehoboth board member, Delaware State University board member, leadership on the streetscape project, the gazebo bandstand, the Grove Park physical fitness center, park grant monies, co-sponsor of the Rehoboth Beach diversity resolution and co-author of the original tree ordinance.
Her accomplishments are many and her volunteerism is just as impressive. Kathy has always been the type of person who sees a problem and works to fix it, sees a person in need and volunteers to help, sees an injustice and fights to fix it. I have seen Kathy’s commitment and tireless hands-on service to Delaware charity events, and her many years of exemplary service as a Rehoboth Beach Commissioner.
To be successful as a town commissioner, you need to build relationships and know who to contact to get things accomplished. That is Kathy’s strength. Over the past few years, she has developed a network of friendships and relationships throughout the state that will help her enormously in the coming years as the town officials navigate their way through the completion of the new town hall and the Rehoboth Outfall project.
Most of all, Kathy has the reputation of standing up and speaking out for her constituents when problems arise. She asks the right questions and fights for the people of Rehoboth Beach. Now more than ever, the voters of Rehoboth Beach need Kathy McGuiness as their watchdog on these projects as she is well informed and will ask the right questions if progress doesn't go as promised.
State Representative, 14th District
I want to reach out, last minute, to Rehoboth voters and endorse Kathy McGuiness for RB Commissioner. If you vote in Rehoboth, please vote to re-elect Kathy. She has been an LGBT ally for years, co-sponsored RB’s first anti-discrimination law, spent countless hours with RB Main Street improving the community, volunteers for so many organizations, and works on the Commission to keep RB thriving. She’s our watchdog on the Commission, making sure we know what decisions are being made and what issues to watch out for.
In these crazy times we need Kathy looking out for our hometown more than ever.
On behalf of the KINfolk Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and most importantly the children we serve, KINfolk would like to thank the Sussex Community for generously supporting our Twelfth Annual Wine Tasting and Art Auction held at The Virden Center at the University of Delaware Campus in Lewes on July 19, 2017. Together we raised over $16,000. We could not have had such a magnificent event without the support of our local artists, restaurants, and merchants who donated to our Live and Silent Auctions, and to the over 200 people who came to enjoy the evening and support KINfolk!!
A very special thanks to our Sponsors: Jane Brady, Grotto Pizza, Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services/Gallo Realty, Holt Paper, Holland Jewelers, Jeanine O’Donnell/State Farm, Perfect Furnishings, One Call Services, George Bunting Jr., Made Ya Look, Jack Lingo Realtors, Colliers Trim Shop, Erin Martin -Re/Max, Marsha Guerin and Joe Kirk at Maggio Realty, and Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar.
Community support of KINfolk's Laptop Lending Program for hospitalized and homebound children will ensure we can continue putting laptops on the laps and smiles on the faces of deserving children. KINfolk provides a means of communication with friends, family, clergy and teachers—the very people who love and support them at a time when they need it most. In our 18 years of helping these children to stay connected, KINfolk has served over 85,000 sick children in 32 states around the country.
Kathy McNamara, event chair, and the KINfolk Kids want to say “Thanks” for your support and in making this event such a Great Success.
Kathy McNamara and The KINfolk Family
Rehoboth Beach is a very special City and deserves outstanding leaders and leadership. Current City Commissioner Kathy McGuiness is a natural leader and does an amazing job. That's why I'm foursquare behind her reelection on August 12!
I first heard about Rehoboth from an older brother when I was a child. Then I started coming to this wonderful seaside community as a university student. Now as a longstanding homeowner in the City, my involvement there has only grown and has me given the opportunity to view the outstanding work of Kathy McGuiness firsthand.
When seeking and securing grants from the State, Commissioner McGuiness is the go to elected official for the City. Kathy has the relationships and is well respected in Dover. This has involved transportation projects and fireworks planning for Rehoboth. She was a key player in making the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape a reality.
Kathy is also in Washington, DC to advocate for Rehoboth Beach with Delaware's Congressional Delegation.
She works very hard and is always extremely effective/responsive on a variety of subjects and in various venues.
As the former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001 and current Partner at BakerHostetler LLP, previously serving six years on the Policy Committee, the Firm's governing body, I know what real leadership is and what advanced skills it takes to run a complex organization in a transparent way. So I can assure the voters of Rehoboth Beach that Commissioner McGuiness has what it takes to get the job done.
Finally, through her involvement in support of social justice activities in Sussex County and service on the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University, Kathy speaks truth to power.
For all these reasons, I strongly urge that Kathy McGuiness be reelected City Commissioner on August 12!
Former US Ambassador Tom McDonald
Partner, BakerHostetler LLP, Washington, D.C.