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Four Republicans Vying For Nomination in Sussex County Council Primary

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Kevin Burdette (Top-L), Frank Shade (Top-R), Mark Schaeffer (Bottom-L), I.G. Burton (Bottom-R) Kevin Burdette (Top-L), Frank Shade (Top-R), Mark Schaeffer (Bottom-L), I.G. Burton (Bottom-R)

LEWES, Del. - While a number of primaries are grabbing attention in the first state, one has been especially crowded. Four Republican candidates are vying for the District 3 seat left open by Democrat Joan Deaver, who is choosing to leave office this year. The winner of this primary will face Democrat Leslie Ledogar in the November General Election.  

The candidates for the Republican nomination are I.G. Burton, Mark Schaeffer, Frank Shade, and Kevin Burdette. WBOC sat down with all four candidates to talk about why they believe they're best suited for the job. 

Burton, said that his long time working for the county is a major advantage. He has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for more than  a decade. 

"I have the most experience," he said. "I have experience with 11 years on P and Z. I have 30 years of business experience. I've got 16 years on DelDOT. We gotta act now. I'm the guy that shows up that can run." 

Meanwhile, other candidates have made a point to separate themselves from county government, arguing that current leaders have failed to address growth in the area. Schaeffer, who was the former mayor of Smyrna and Little Creek,  said that an outsider was needed. 

"I decided to run for County Council because I became increasingly concerned about the lack of planning," he said. "And the traffic congestion. And we have no proactive leadership in the county. I have a long history as mayor of two municipalities of getting things done." 

Meanwhile Shade also argued that an outsider was needed. Shade is best known for his leadership role in Punkin Chunkin and Autism Delaware. 

"I'm not a politician," he said. "I'm going to be working in a political arena, but I'm a normal working man that lives in the area and believes that that's the kind of people that we need in the elected positions on the local level. They want someone that knows the area, knows the people in the area, and what's going on in the area." 

Meanwhile, longtime environmental consultant Burdette said that he is the best man for the job because he has a long career in land use, and environmental management. 

"I think it's time that we get someone on the Sussex County Council that has some technical background," he said. "You know, with my environment, water, wastewater, storm water management, land use, land planning, I bring an expertise to the council that they don't have now." 

The primary election has been set for September 13.

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