Marquis to run for council on integrity, transparency

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Eric Marquis, candidate for the District 4 Council seat, said he is looking forward to serving Harrington as he has served his country for 21 years.

HARRINGTON — Integrity and transparency top the list of qualities Eric Marquis says he wants to bring to the Harrington City Council when he runs for the District 4 council seat during the upcoming municipal election on May 5.

“I just retired from the Air Force. I know it sounds corny, but I’ve done 21 years of serving the nation and now I think I can use the time I have to serve the community,” he said.

During his time in the military, Mr. Marquis worked with security forces, and eventually ran the budget for his unit for eight years.

“I think a little bit of budget experience where we might be lacking some insight is something I can bring to the table,” he said.

Up until his retirement two months ago, he was stationed at Dover Air Force Base for 12 years during which he’s lived in Harrington and remains active in the community.

Growing that same community is important to Mr. Marquis, which he believes is made harder by fees put in place by others, he said.

“I think we need to look at our impact fees that we charge not only businesses but residents from things like signs to fences. I think if we want to inspire growth in the community, right now we’re doing it the wrong way,” he said. “We’re hurting ourselves by the way we charge people. That’s one key thing that I’d like to address when I get in there.”
Although he does agree with the council on some things, such as the new changes to the city water meters, he said he disagrees with the lack of transparency in some major decisions.

“It was a good idea,” he said. “You should pay for what you use. But the way it was put across to everybody, that it was going to be a savings that is. I, for one, have used less water, but my bill has gone up. It’s an integrity issue.”

He also wants to ensure the police department has what it needs to tackle what he said seems to be an increase in local crime.

“If you look at the news, it seems like Harrington has some issues with drugs and crimes and stuff, I want to do whatever I can do personally to make sure this police department has what they need to take care of it,” he said.

The District 4 Council member candidate wants to remain accessible to community members and said he will address issues brought to him. “It may not be the answer that you want, but there will be communication,” he said.

With the support of his wife and two teenage children, he said he won’t be afraid to introduce himself as a Council member if elected, and discuss any issues with citizens.

“I’m not a career politician. I’m running to benefit the community as a whole coming in as a person that is just a normal citizen and can have a fresh look on things. I think you need that every once and a while,” he said.

Mr. Marquis can be reached at 331-4054 or ericmarquis1@verizon.net.

Cheryl Lahman currently holds the District 4 Council Seat.

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