Government & Politics

County Council Ballot Set for General Election

e1By Terry Rogers

On September 13, 2016, Samuel L. Wilson, Jr, defeated Lisa Hudson Briggs in the Delaware Republican Primary by a margin of 55.55 percent to 44.45 percent (1,432 to 1,146). This means that Councilman Wilson, who has held a seat on County Council since 2008, will continue to represent the 2nd District of Sussex County as there is no Democratic candidate on the ballot in November.

Councilman Wilson is a lifelong resident and farmer in Sussex County. He says as a lifelong resident, he understands what the citizens of the county need and his goal is to make the area a safe, happy place to live. His platform focused on creating and keeping jobs as well as keeping government as limited as possible.

Another candidate vying for a seat on County Council who would represent the Milford area, Irwin G. (IG) Burton, III, won the Republican primary for Sussex County District 3 by a margin of 35.77 percent with 1,256 votes. Mr. Burton edged out four other candidates, Mark G. Shaeffer who earned 32.15 percent (1,129), Kevin E. Burdette with 18.94 percent (665) and Frank E. Shade with 13.14 percent (461). Mr. Burton will face Democrat Leslie W. Ledogar in November.

“I want to thank the citizens of District 3 for voting me through to the primary, Mr. Burton said. “Now it is on to the general election. We have a lot of work to do, but we are going to be successful.” Mr. Burton’s platform relates to the county comprehensive plan, which he says does not always match what he believes is best for the county, especially in the area of development. He says that growth in Sussex County is going to happen, but with a good comprehensive plan, the county can better guide the growth in a way that will ease some of the traffic issues that exist today, continue protecting the environment and give the citizens a written idea of what the county will look like in the future.

Leslie Ledogar is running on a three-prong platform that is aimed at helping senior citizens age in place creating strong economic development in the county as well as a focus on the comprehensive plan. Ms. Ledogar says that the county has had a comprehensive plan for many years, but that it has “rested on a shelf gathering dust” and now council wants to create a new comprehensive plan.

“I believe it is a waste of taxpayer money to spend $300,000 on a comprehensive plan that sits on a shelf,” Ms. Ledogar said. “If you go through the process and hire a specialist, you need to use the information they provide. I would also like to see the county’s Economic Development Office fully staffed and supported. I want to see better infrastructure in the county. When I went door-to-door talking to people when I decided to run, people told me they didn’t have a computer because they don’t have fiber in the area or that they couldn’t get wifi. This is part of the infrastructure that needs to be updated. I will bring a fresh perspective to council.”

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Polls are open from 7 AM until 8 PM.

To see full Primary Election results visit

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