declares candidacy in new House district
By Bridin Reynolds-Hughes
Rehoboth resident and registered Republican Mike Meoli is the first candidate to officially declare for the recently created 14th Representative District of the state House.The open seat is a product of redistricting and takes in the Rehoboth Beach, Angola and Long Neck areas of Sussex County. Meoli
, is finding support within local Republican leadership.The Sussex County GOP is calling him a choice candidate.
"I think Mike Meoli
is a great candidate and will do an awesome job.
I think I will be recognized as a credible candidate," said Meoli
.Meoli, a graduate of Shepherd College, has worked in the McDonald's Restaurant business with his father since his teens.They have partnered in four McDonald's restaurants and Meoli is now the principal owner.He
also opened the Rehoboth Beach/Lewes Hampton Inn in 2000. Meoli
follows the legislative process closely and has identified several priorities for the district."The top issue is land use and then land use again.Land use and how it affects the environment is especially important because Cape Henlopen State Park is in this district," he
supports some innovative measures to alleviate traffic and congestion concerns such as high speed ferries operating to and from Wilmington and perhaps Philadelphia and developing east-west corridors in Sussex..
"We have to find ways to educate motorists that they don't have to come through our area to access points south.Rt. 113 is certainly viable.It is imperative for us to find better ways for people to travel.You can't even begin to talk about north to south issues without working on east to west connectors," he
Another priority for Meoli
would be supporting passage of legislation to create an independent commission to handle redistricting following the 2010 U.S. Census."We are freshly aware of how frustrating the process can be.Our area is going to maintain growth, so it is important to have a plan in place next time," said Meoli
.The 14th Representative District he
is running for was a last minute production, forged during heated compromise reapportionment debates in the General Assembly.
"It is absolutely an 11th hour surprise to me that I am not running against Bob Frederick," said Meoli
.Frederick, mayor of Dewey Beach
, resides in the northern tip of the newly altered 38th district, now represented by Rep.
said that while the division between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach
in the new maps is a surprise the two towns will continue to work well together.
"One thing does make sense about it.
sees political service as an extension of his
personal dedication to serving the community.Currently, Meoli serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sussex Family YMCA, on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Restaurant Association, on the Board of Directors of the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, on the Delaware Tourism Alliance and was appointed last year by Governor Minner to sit on the Charles Mills Boulevard Committee.
In January, Meoli
received the Sunshine Circle Club Humanitarian Award.On April 24, he
received the Governor's Conservation Award for one of his
was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Bel Air, Maryland.He
moved to coastal Sussex 11 years ago.Meoli and his wife, Kelly are active members of the Lewes Church of Christ, recently serving as directors of the Church's successful stewardship campaign.
The couple and their three children, Rachel, Lauren and Delay, live in Kings Creek.