Dem candidates for County Council Prez debate on WDEL

By Frank Gerace 9:47pm, August 27, 2012 - Updated 1:04pm, August 28, 2012
The Democrats who want to be New Castle County Council's next President outlined their crime-fighting strategies in a Monday debate at WDEL.

Reverend Chris Bullock and former County Police officer Renee Taschner rarely, if ever, disagreed during the forum.

Bullock said community policing was key, along with briefings for community residents, an effective, sufficiently-funded deployment strategy and increased trust between officers and community members.

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Taschner also spoke in favor of community policing, and everything she says that strategy entails, including block-watch programs, fingerprinting for kids, and having officers walk a beat so they can interact with residents.

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The candidates agreed that the County's Unified Development Code needs to be fixed.

Bullock said he'd take a look at the UDC to see what needs work.

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Taschner says the County needs a development code that's "fair and balanced."

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The candidates said they're willing to work with the next County Executive, whoever that might be.

Bullock said it's important that the Executive and the Council President be on the same page.

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Taschner says she can work with anyone as well, but she'll continue to be independent.

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To hear the full debate, click here.

Taschner and Bullock square off September 11th in the Democratic primary, with the winner facing Republican Mike Protack in November.

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