Candidate statements — Committees & Officers

This statement page is updated as new and revised statements are received.

Below are brief bios of those who are up for election at the March 25, 2019, town meeting. Click each headline or the “Read more” links to read each candidate’s full statement. Voting begins as soon as the town meeting convenes and continues throughout the meeting.

Committee and Officer candidates: Please tell the Village about yourself. Click here to go to a form you can fill out.

Click here for a current list of committee members.
Click here for a DRAFT BALLOT showing nominees.
After March 7 a SAMPLE BALLOT will replace the DRAFT BALLOT. It will show the final list of all nominees.

Deborah Ricard, candidate for Audit Committee

WHO I AM:  I have been a resident in the Ardens for almost 20 years and have lived in my current home on the Arden Green for 16 years. After 32 years … [Read more...]

Jeff Martin, candidate for Community Planning

Jeff Martin currently serves on the Forest Committee. Below is his candidate statement for Forest from 2018. He is running for Community Planning this … [Read more...]

Jennifer Borders, candidate for Forest Committee & Community Planning

WHO I AM:  I have lived in Arden for 24 years and have served on the Forest Committee for 10 years.  I live on the woods and care deeply for our … [Read more...]

Marcia Scheflen, candidate for Registration Committee

I’m a retired teacher, mother of 4 adult children, grandmother of 8, and married for 50 years to my husband, John. We moved to Delaware 25 years ago, … [Read more...]

Frank Maier, candidate for Playground

WHO I AM: I am a 22-year resident of Arden & have spent many a day with my children and grandchildren playing on the playground. I think it would … [Read more...]

Steve Tanzer, candidate for Safety Committee

WHO I AM:  I’m (almost) a lifelong Arden resident. Previously worked for the Delaware General Assembly. Currently work at Trader Joe’s. I’m also a … [Read more...]

Grace Ressler, candidate for Community Planning

Below is Grace Ressler’s statement from 2017, when she was running for Archives Committee. She currently serves on Community Planning. WHO I … [Read more...]

Chris Junk, candidate for Safety Committee

This is Chris Junk’s statement from 2017, when he was running for the Forest Committee. Chris currently serves on the Safety Committee. WHO I … [Read more...]

Warren Rosenkranz, candidate for Budget

WHO I AM: Short term resident of Arden (only 16 years) and firm supporter of open and transparent government. INTEREST AND/OR SKILLS: I have owned … [Read more...]

Jill Althouse-Wood, candidate for Forest Committee

WHO I AM: I am an artist/writer who moved to Arden with my family 6 years ago. I live on a property bordering Sherwood Forest – my point of view when … [Read more...]

Danny Schweers, candidate for Chair of the Advisory Committee

Statement from 2019 WHO I AM: Schooled in physics and philosophy, having worked at Stanford University and M.I.T., I have been self-employed most … [Read more...]

Albert Marks (Al), candidate for Budget Committee

Note: Albert currently serves on the Civic Committee. Below is his statement for Civic from 2018. WHO I AM: Hello. I have served on the Civic … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Politis, candidate for Town Assembly Chair

WHO I AM: I moved into the Ardens in 1999 and moved to Arden in 2000.  Pam, my wife, and I were drawn to Arden because of the strong sense of … [Read more...]

Carol Larson, candidate for Forest Committee

INTEREST AND/OR SKILLS: I’ve served on the Forest Committee for 10 years and would love to continue, having found a calling in the work. I serve on … [Read more...]

Barbara Macklem, candidate for Archives Committee

Note: this is a revision of Barbara’s statement from 2017, when she ran for Archives.  WHO I AM: Although I have only lived in Arden since 1997, my … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Varley, candidate for Registration Committee

WHO I AM: My family and I moved to Arden in 1960 and quickly became active both in Town Meeting and the Arden Club.  I have distinct memories of … [Read more...]