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Middletown council fills vacant seat

By Dan Miller

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Posted 4/3/18

Middletown Borough Council during its April 3 meeting picked Angela Lloyd of the 100 block of Oak Hill Drive to fill the vacant seat on council created by the resignation of Diana McGlone in March. …

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Middletown council fills vacant seat

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Middletown Borough Council during its April 3 meeting picked Angela Lloyd of the 100 block of Oak Hill Drive to fill the vacant seat on council created by the resignation of Diana McGlone in March.

Lloyd was among five borough residents applying to fill the seat. The others were Elizabeth Conrad, 100 block of Keller Avenue; Ralph Floyd, 100 block of East Main Street, Shawn Jordan, first block of Oak Hill Drive; and Thomas Strohm, 300 block of South Catherine Street.

Council interviewed all five candidates in public. Among questions asked of each candidate were why they wanted to be on council, what they hoped to accomplish, why they should be picked for the seat, the most pressing issue facing the borough, the borough’s greatest asset, how they would handle issues brought before them, and if they would run again in 2019.

McGlone was elected in 2015 to a four-year term that expires on Dec. 31, 2019.

Lloyd said she would run in November 2019 if appointed.

Lloyd was born and raised in Middletown. After living in Harrisburg a few years, she came back to Middletown to raise her son here.
“I love this town. I care about what happens here,” she said. “I’ve been watching the changes that have been made over the last few years and it’s really exciting. Congratulations, you guys have done a really great job. However, I feel there is still a lot of progress that we can make and I want to be a part of the team. I want to make a difference and I want to have a vote in the decisions that are made.”

Lloyd said the biggest issue facing the borough is the increasing cost of utilities, a sentiment echoed by several other candidates for the council seat in the wake of Suez imposing an 11.5 percent surcharge on residents’ water and sewer bills.

Middletown’s biggest asset is “the residents and the town itself,” Lloyd said.

After interviewing all five candidates council met briefly in closed-door executive session before re-emerging to vote. Lloyd was the only candidate nominated.

Council approved her by a 5-0 vote, with Vice President Dawn Knull abstaining. Lloyd was then sworn in by Mayor James H. Curry III and Council President Damon Suglia, and assumed her seat at the table.

Suglia afterward cited Lloyd’s recent involvement in borough matters as among reasons she was chosen.

Lloyd is a member of the borough Human Relations Commission, a position she was appointed to by council. She has been regularly attending council meetings for the past several months.

“She’s up to speed on some of our happenings. She knows where we are trying to go as a council and as a borough. That was a great deciding factor,” Suglia said. “We have five incredibly well-qualified candidates, but at this point we felt as a team to keep moving us forward, Angela Lloyd would probably be the best fit at this point.”