August 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm EDT | by Blake Chambers
Coluzzi, Byrne win Rehoboth commissioners seats
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Pat Coluzzi won a seat on the Rehoboth Board of Commissioners. (Photo courtesy Coluzzi)

Two open seats were up for grabs on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 11 election. Richard Byrne, Pat Coluzzi and Gary Glass were running for the seats. Coluzzi and Byrne won, with Byrne receiving 660 votes and Coluzzi taking 583.

“I’m genuinely humbled by the vote and honored to have the trust of so many of the voters,” Byrne said. “I’m grateful for all of the support from so many residents and businesses, and I want to say a big thank you to all of them. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and going to work on behalf of the residents and businesses.”

Byrne also congratulated Coluzzi and Glass on running with him and encouraged voters to stay in touch to let him know what’s on their mind.

“It’s clear that working together we can preserve and improve the quality of life in Rehoboth Beach,” Byrne said.

Coluzzi, who served as a Rehoboth Beach commissioner from 2007 to 2013, wrote in the Cape Gazette that she has “a proven track record of successfully tackling a variety of issues over the years.” She wrote that she is “uniquely positioned” to address some of the issues that confront Rehoboth. The Blade has reached out to Coluzzi for comment on her victory.

Coluzzi and Byrne will be sworn in on Sept. 21 during the commissioners meeting to each serve a three-year term. They will join Mayor Paul Kuhns, Stan Mills, Kathy McGuiness, Lisa Schlosser and Toni Sharp on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners.

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