Letter: Democrat for Gamble

I’ve been an active Democrat since JFK ran for president. More recently I worked to elect all three Democratic Kennett Township supervisors and served under them for almost five years as the township’s director of Sustainable Development. So why am I now voting for Republican Geoff Gamble rather than Democrat Whitney Hoffman?

Our township’s own forensic auditors clearly documented that former township Manager Lisa Moore’s ability to steal $3.2 million-plus over six years was significantly enabled by our current supervisors’ failure to implement or enforce even the most rudimentary fraud prevention procedures. All of them have thus seriously violated the public trust and the longer any of them remain in office, the longer the public trust will suffer.

My decision not to support Hoffman also reflects my positive assessment of her opponent, Geoffrey Gamble. Gamble is a 30-plus year Kennett Township resident with a wealth of public service. He led the bipartisan Kennett Consolidated School Board for many years, was president of the Delaware Bar, and once served as Kennett Township auditor - pre-fraud of course. Most importantly, he holds sensible positions on key local issues like open space, trails, and financial responsibility that match my own.

I now feel it is my civic duty to cross the aisle and publicly support Geoff’s candidacy, in part by publishing this letter. I am especially reaching out to my fellow Dems, asking them to consider what further damage another six-year term for Hoffman will likely do to both Kennett Township and the reputation of the Kennett Democrats. I hope that at least a few will take the opportunity to contact Mr. Gamble themselves and find out why he is actually the better candidate.

Michael Guttman
Kennett Township

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