Traffic gets green light in Connor’s state representative bid

DAGSBORO — Traffic congestion in Millsboro often is a bumper-to-bumper topic.

Brad Connor labels that a top priority in his quest to become the 41st District state representative.

The 55-year-old Democrat from Dagsboro is seeking the legislative seat held by Republican Rich Collins of Millsboro.

Mr. Collins and Mr. Connor filed one day apart in late June. Filing deadline for major party candidates was July 12.

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“The core issue that I have been hearing and needs to be worked on is the Rt. 113 bypass in Millsboro. That has to get resolved,” said Mr. Connor. “It is going to require working with DelDOT and coming up with the best scenario. That is a big issue. That is what people are talking about a lot, traffic congestion is in Millsboro.”

Mr. Connor, a former town of Dagsboro councilman and mayor, ran for the Sussex County Council District 5 seat in 2014 and was defeated in the Democratic primary by Bob Wheatley. Republican Rob Arlett won that seat in November.

As a legislator in Dover, Mr. Connor says he will also prioritize the drug and heroin problem.

“There’s a lack of treatment facilities, lack of rehabs and there is the crime rate that goes with that,” said Mr. Connor. “We need to work on getting these people treatment, keeping them out of jails and taking the stress off of the local police departments with all of the crime related to drugs.”

Jobs and healthcare are other priorities.

The employment issue rests on the ability to entice companies to employ kids coming out of the schools that really need jobs with a sustainable income, he said.

“We need to provide the companies with the resources they need; roads, internet, water and sewer,” said Mr. Connor. “That can be done through the economic development office in Dover and Georgetown working together and the state giving us the needed infrastructure that we need to entice these companies to come down here.”

He also sees a need for another healthcare facility in downstate Delaware to meet the needs of a growing population that is increasing with age.

“Hospitals are full to capacity. The average age of people being transported is 74 years old,” said Mr. Connor. “We need to look at the possibility of another hospital on the Rt. 113 corridor in Georgetown and Millsboro, in that area to alleviate the pressure. That would be a partnership with private and state resources. It is a healthcare issue.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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