A Middletown resident hopes to bring her wide breadth of experiences in developing nations overseas serving with the U.S. State Department as the city’s next mayor.
Nicole Condrey, 37, has lived in the city for about 2 1/2 years said her experiences working on political, economic and humanitarian projects taught her to push outside her comfort zones. After working in the federal government for 15 years, she came to Middletown to take care her husband, a 25-year Navy veteran who later died.
She is now a professional skydiver who has logged more than 1,600 jumps and general manager of Start Skydiving at Middletown Regional Airport.
Condrey said she is seeking “true leadership at a higher level” and is challenging three-term incumbent Mayor Larry Mulligan Jr.
Middletown’s mayor serves a four-year term and is paid $9,000 per year.
“The mayor’s job is to get everyone on the same page, unite the community and inspire citizens to accomplish great things in our community,” Condrey said. “A mayor listens and puts egos aside. I think the city is breaking down due to a lack of communication.”
The Wrenn Street resident said her strength is being able to communicate to a wide range of people on a variety of topics and help people to realize that society faces many issues.
“I will make the right decisions for the city of Middletown and choose what’s right ethically and keep a good pulse of the citizens,” she said.
She said economic growth is the city’s top issue.
“Middletown has to rely on outside taxes to grow the city because the median income is too small,” she said. “To do that, we have to keep the Economic Development Department accountable and help them come up with creative solutions as well as maintain and growing existing businesses.”
She believes the Economic Development Department is under-performing and council needs to keep the city manager accountable. Condrey also felt many executive sessions are unneeded.
“Economic Development should incentivize developers so they want to come here,” she said.
Condrey also said she likes the idea of citizens voting on tax issues such as those for roads and other infrastructure.
She said Middletown’s greatest strength is the passion of its citizens and that its biggest limitation is communication between the citizens and city government.
“I want to leverage the passion of our citizens,” she said. “I want to restructure our meetings so that that they’re more citizen-friendly.”
Condrey said she would like to better define what’s being discussed at council meetings and better summarize things for citizens.
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