Get to know the town: Annie Villalobos Milford City Council Ward 1 Candidate

Annie Villalobos

Annie Villalobos

Name: Anne “Annie” Villalobos.

Age: 37-years-old.

Hometown: Born at Milford Memorial Hospital, raised in Bridgeville.

Occupation: RN at Beebe.

Educational Background: Graduated from Woodbridge High School. Earned an associate degree in nursing from Penn State University and the RN diploma from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing.

Why did you move to Milford?

“It was eight and a half years ago. When I first got out of nursing school, my husband got a job down here. I decided since I have my nursing degree that I can be a nurse anywhere. So, I began applying in Sussex County.

“We couldn’t afford property in the beach, so we moved to Seaford. My husband then got a job in Jersey, so now it was twice the commute and we decided that was enough of that. My family has been in Sussex County forever. So we settled here since I was already familiar with Milford. We used to go to the skating rink growing up and everything.”

What is your service background?

“When I was a kid, I volunteered at Nanticoke for years. Life is so busy, you don’t get a chance to sometimes. Especially when you’re working full time with kids. We’ve done stuff like beach clean ups. I just recently went to the Hungry to Help event and got information from the food bank. I want to get the kids involved in volunteering because I remember volunteerism being very important as a kid. I have not served in city government yet.”

Tell us about your job?

“I do non-invasive cardiology. It’s anything checking out the heart that doesn’t involve going through the skin.”

How will you find time for a council role?

“Luckily, my full-time job is pretty consistent now with day work. I do see that most of the council stuff that I’ve heard about will be in the evening right before the meetings. I can accommodate that. If our kids were little, I wouldn’t have the time. But they’re older now and they understand that what I’m doing is very important and are very supportive.”

Why are you interested in sitting on City Council?

“I think it will be a great learning experience. I know how a household budget works; I’m not as familiar with a town budget. So that will be very interesting. And I think most people don’t understand how the town budget works. I feel like it would be an educational experience to me, but also to anyone I talk to. I plan to be very active.  I’m a nurse. I just want to be very helpful. I don’t want to be the person making the main decision. On a team, I’m a very effective team member. I’m not a shot-caller. I’m a team member. I never think my ideas are the best ideas. I think that’s important for being in a group.

“Milford makes me happy. We’ve grown such a group of friends here. I mean, I love all these people we’ve become friends with. It’s a very happy place to me. I love the town. It’s been so good to our kids with parks and recs and doing soccer. With all the festivals, it’s just like a little happy place on earth.”

What do you hope to bring to the Council?

“Being that I’ve been in healthcare for 15 years now and the fact that the hospital is being built out in the ward that I live in, I hope to bring experience to the new campus being built in my ward. I’m kind of knowledgeable about how a hospital runs, the growth problems it can face, I think I can be helpful in that way. A little more female mentality on the board would be helpful as well. I think more women need to be involved in more things.”

If you had a free time, what would we find you doing?

“I love to run. Sometimes, I’ll run in town; sometimes, in my neighborhood. My husband and I love coming into town to the antique places. If it’s a Saturday morning in the summer, we’re down at the inlet because the kids are surfing and so is my husband. And Westside for breakfast. Like every weekend.

“I’m starting to get more into yoga and meditation. I love taking pictures. And I love swimming. But only at the beach; I’m not a pool swimmer. I love the ocean. I could never not be near the coast. Ever.”

Tell us about your family?

“Osiel is my husband; he is a welder among many things. He’s a very active guy. We’ve been married 14 years. He surfs; he paints. He is actually doing a few pieces for the auction coming up at the art league. He fancies himself a DJ. He has turn tables and plays guitar. We have two kids. Our son Aiden goes to Central Academy and our daughter Avery goes to Lulu Ross. They do soccer and surfing. Aiden is running track right now. Avery plays field hockey, too. They’re very active.”

What would you like your constituents to know?

“I’m super approachable. I enjoy talking with people and I love having one on one conversations with people so I never mind if someone comes up and starts talking. I want to be approachable and available to them. I want to do right by the community I’m in and be a helpful person. There’s no agenda here. I have no special interests; just wanting to be helpful. I think it would be fun and interesting.”

Contact information: annevillalobos@comcast.net or on Facebook at Anne Villalobos for Milford City Council.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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