Delcollo hopes to improve traffic, help Newark businesses

By Tom Lehman 12:37am, November 15, 2013 - Updated 10:17pm, November 15, 2013
VIDEO: Segments from Tom Lehman's interview with Don Delcollo
A former downtown store owner in Newark hopes to improve traffic and help local businesses if he's elected as the city's mayor in a special election this month.

WDEL's Tom Lehman has more in Friday's candidate profile.

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Don Delcollo has lived on Kells Avenue for more than two decades and says the issues he'd focus on as mayor are the same ones he wanted to address when he first considered a run in 2004.

"Traffic, Newark is getting more congested as time goes by, parking and housing," Delcollo says. "They're my main issues, and communication."

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The 57-year-old senior loan officer says he would employ a business-minded approach as mayor. Delcollo previously operated retail stores in downtown Newark and is also the treasurer for Newark Natural Foods.

"I really understand the business community in Newark and I understand all the issues small business owners go through," he says.

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Delcollo says the city can't turn a blind eye to problems with traffic and needs to work with DelDOT and the University of Delaware to make improvements.

"We may be able to build smaller bypasses, fix intersections, fix bridges and

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lights to try to make traffic flow smoother," he says.

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He also wants to help smooth over relations and disputes between the city and the university as mayor.

When it comes to the proposed data center and power generating facility on UD's Science Technology and Advanced Research campus, Delcollo says he has serious concerns about the plan.

"The economics of that, in my mind just do not work out," he says. "To be able to have a huge power plant like that in the city limits for decades and what we're gonna get is 300 jobs? I don't accept that."

WDEL is profiling each candidate in Newark's special mayoral election scheduled for Nov. 26.

You can hear candidate profiles on 1150 AM WDEL and 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

Videos and profiles on each candidate will also be available at

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