A native Delawarean, Kathy McGuiness was born in Kent County and raised in Sussex County. A 1985 Cape Henlopen High School graduate, Kathy went to college and earned a degree in Biology and then her Pharmacy Degree.
Small business owner
Immediately after earning her Pharmacy Degree, she returned home to Rehoboth Beach. Kathy has owned and operated multiple successful businesses and employed dozens. Throughout her life, Kathy has known the value of a dollar and is eager to bring her managerial skills to Dover.
Kathy spent her adult life volunteering thousands of hours for non-profit boards and committees. This includes serving on the boards of CAMP Rehoboth, the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association, and as a trustee at Delaware State University.
It is this dedication to service that has driven her to run for Auditor.
Early on, Kathy learned the importance of public service. Working with others, she always sought new and innovative ways to improve her community. While owning and operating her pharmacy, Kathy was named the founding president of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, a national award winning non-profit whose mission was to support and grow Rehoboth Beach’s small business community.
Among her many initiatives to bring more people to the Delaware Beach area, she spearheaded the effort to bring the July 4th Fireworks display to Rehoboth, an annual event that involves coordinating among nearly two dozen federal, state and local government agencies. In 2000, her efforts were recognized by Governor Tom Carper as Delaware’s “Tourism Person of the Year.” Thanks to her and her colleagues’ work, Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding communities have grown to be a year round tourist destination.
A public servant
For nearly two decades, Kathy McGuiness has served as a Rehoboth Beach Commissioner. During her tenure, she pushed for the state to help fund a multi-million dollar streetscape aesthetics and infrastructure upgrade as well as garner nearly $80 million in public and private investment in the City. Recently, Kathy’s oversight of the new city hall construction project saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. She has consistently fought waste, fraud and abuse while on the City Commission. Using her position as City Commissioner, Kathy continuously advocates for efficiency, transparency and good government.
Kathy knows that an Auditor of Accounts must be more than just someone crunching numbers. She believes all Delawareans need someone in Dover who is watching out for their money and trying to keep more money in their wallets.
Today, Kathy continues to work as a pharmacist and a realtor. She, her husband Steve, and her three children Baylan, Stormy and Saylar live in Rehoboth.
Non-Profit Board Service
Rehoboth Beach Main Street – President, Secretary & Treasurer
Sussex County YMCA
Meals on Wheels (Lewes/Rehoboth)
Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association- President and Treasurer
Professional Boards & Commissions
Delaware Pharmacists Society
State of Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission
Trustee of the Board Delaware State University
Budget and Finance City of Rehoboth Beach
Tourism Committee Chair, City of Rehoboth Beach
Personnel Committee, City of Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Sunrise Rotarian