by Terry Rogers
On September 15, Mark Schaeffer defeated I.G. Burton for the County Council seat representing District 3. Schaeffer received 44 more votes than Burton, a margin of just 0.07 percent. According to state regulations, a recall is not automatically triggered unless the margin is 0.05 percent or less. Burton called Schaeffer on Tuesday evening and conceded the election. Burton has said he will ask for a review of the election results.
“I was deeply concerned with the lack of solutions to solve our traffic/transportation and development sprawl,” Schaeffer said when asked why he decided to challenge Burton. “I am hoping to find and implement solutions to solve this issue in Sussex County. I believe the County government should be aggressively involved in recruiting sustainable, high-paying jobs with benefits to the county. We can do much better. County government needs to be more responsive to the taxpayers.”
Schaeffer and his wife, Ruby, have five children and 12 grandchildren. A lifelong Delawarean, Schaeffer currently lives in Lewes, is a member of St. Peter’s Church as well as a volunteer EMT and firefighter at Lewes Fire Department. His wife also volunteers for the fire company. He is a former Kent County Republican chairman, serving as Mayor of Little Creek and Smyrna for more than ten years. A former Delaware River and Bay Authority Commissioner, former member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council and former member of Kent General Hospital, Schaeffer’s campaign focused on landowner rights and responsible government.
There will be another new face on County Council when the members are sworn in on the first Tuesday in January with the election of Cindy Green, the current Register of Wills, in District 2. Green will replace retiring County Councilman Sam Wilson, defeating Robert Wilson, Councilman Wilson’s son, and Lisa Hudson Briggs with 39.02 percent of the vote.
Green, who is from Greenwood, served as Register of Wills for ten years and was not eligible to run for re-election to that office. Her term as Register of Wills expires in 2022 which means the Governor will have to appoint someone as an interim.
“It is my desire to keep local control at County Council,” Green said. “We created a totally electronic Register of Wills office without raising taxes. We did that by budgeting well and spreading the upgrades over time. I hope to bring my values and experience to the County. I do not want to raise taxes.”
Green graduated from Woodbridge High School and was elected to the Register of Wills Office in 2010 where her background as an elderly caregiver gave her a unique perspective in helping those who were dealing with end-of-life issues. She and her husband, Lawrence, have three daughters.