By Tom Lehman 1:09am, November 19, 2013 - Updated 12:20am, November 20, 2013
VIDEO: Newark City Councilman and mayoral candidate Mark Morehead speaks with WDEL.Mark Morehead, a Newark councilman who is running for mayor in next week's special election, says he wants to ensure that the city's government is both transparent and trustworthy.
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...
"We want everyone to feel comfortable that what's being said is the absolute truth for starters and they're voice has a merit--not only a merit, but their voice has value and will be considered," says Morehead, who represents District 1 in Newark.
Morehead, 54, hopes to use that approach along with his background in electronics to bring balance to the discussion surrounding a controversial data center and power generating facility proposed for University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research campus.
He currently works as a self-employed contractor who focuses on maintenance needs of the senior citizens.
"I want to have that discussion in the public forum," he says. "The introduction of the data center was not done well and I think it's extremely important that the public have their say."
The second-term councilman, who was elected in 2011 and lives on Swallow Circle, says he would try to work toward bring UD students and Newark residents together as one community.
"The university offers a number of programs a number of cultural events and so forth that could be advertised into the community," he says.
He also indicated support for bringing back some form of the defunct Town and Gown committee if elected mayor.
Morehead thinks a multi-story garage could help improve downtown parking but also wants to encourage city residents to use alternate forms of transportation like bikes.
He says some issues related to downtown parking are often perceived problems, but notes mayor and council are already trying to address those notions.
WDEL is profiling each candidate in Newark's special mayoral election scheduled for Nov. 26.
You can hear about individual candidates on 1150 AM WDEL and WDEL.com on the following days:
Nov. 15: Don Delcollo
Nov. 18: Robyn Harland
Nov. 19: Mark Morehead
Nov. 20: Rebecca Powers
Nov. 21: Amy Roe
Nov. 22: Polly Sierer
Nov. 25: Matthew Vento
Video and profile stories on each candidate will also be available at WDEL.com
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