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Meyer seeks a second term as New Castle County executive

Brian Cunningham
New Castle County executive's office

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer launched his re-election campaign Friday, offically filing to run for a second term.

Meyer expects to run a campaign similar to the one that got him elected in 2016.

“I spent about 8 months four years ago listening to what constituents wanted, to what people in the county wanted, and then there was an election and I’ve spent four years executing on that mandate," said Meyer. "And so, we’re going to do the same [this year] – where we listen to people, we hear what people want.  I’m eager to get out there and hear from people and hear what they want for their communities.”

Meyer expects public safety, economic development and healthcare to be among the issues that top the list of voter concerns. He says he will continue offer “bold” plans to address those and other issues.

Meyer adds he also intends to continue efforts to address the environment and climate change.

“We still have a whole long list – whether its reforesting communities, whether its doing additional things to get solar power across our county or taking additional steps to preserve the water we drink, the air we breath, and the land on which we live," said Meyer. "We’re excited about moving forward in a bold way – not always with things that everyone agrees on – but in a bold way that protects our communities for generations to come.”

Meyer points to the installation of a electric car charging station at the Brandywine Hundred library, and a review of the county vehicle fleet to decrease its carbon footprint as examples of current green initiatives.

Meyer is the only candidate so far to file in the New Castle County Executive’s race.

Four years ago, he unseated then-incumbent Tom Gordon in a Democratic primary, then defeated Republican Mark Blake in the general election.




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