District 2 County council race primary concern in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN – One vote. Three qualified Sussex County Council candidates.

That was Georgetown resident Tom Hudson’s dilemma as he took the voting booth at Georgetown Elementary School late Tuesday afternoon.

He had decide what candidate to vote for in the Republican primary for District 2 county council: Cindy Green, Lisa Hudson Briggs or Robert Wilson.

“I think it is most important to vote for your county council, your local representatives. And I like our candidates this year. I like them all,” said Mr. Hudson. “But I had to choose one.”

Mr. Hudson did not reveal the candidate of his choice. He did say that it is imperative, especially in today’s world, to make your voice heard by voting.

“I think it is important, no matter all the elections,” said Mr. Hudson.

The evening dinner crowd was mostly sporadic at the Georgetown Elementary School location.

Voters were greeted by representatives of all three GOP council candidates.

Cindy Green supporter Madie Klenchusky, left, and Annie Richardson (supporting Lisa Hudson Briggs) are stationed outside the polls at Georgetown Elementary School. Ms. Green, Ms. Hudson Briggs and Robert Wilson are candidates in the Republican primary for the Sussex County Council District 3 seat.

Madie Klenchusky and two other young ladies wore green sweatshirts and green masks in support of Ms. Green.

Annie Richardson was on hand to support Ms. Hudson Briggs. She was later joined by State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, who reported good voter turnouts at polling places she had visited during the day.

Millsboro resident Billy Studds was on hand to show a sign of support for candidate Robert Wilson, who is seeking to succeed his father, Samuel Wilson Jr. on county council.

Billy Studds of Millsboro holds a sign of support for Sussex County Council candidate Robert Wilson at the Georgetown Elementary School polling site.

“I think he (Robert Wilson) is going to do a good job for the county. I hope he gets elected in,” said Mr. Studds. “I’ve been in the area for 10 years and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. So, I wanted to come out and support him.”

In 2016, Ms. Hudson Briggs ran unsuccessfully against Samuel Wilson Jr., who earlier this year decided to not seek another four-year term, having served on council since winning election in 2008.

Ms. Green, looking to make the jump from Sussex County Register of Wills to council, and Ms. Hudson Briggs are seeking to become only the second woman to serve on Sussex County’s governing body.

Joan Deaver of Lewes was the first, serving two terms from 2008 to 2016 in representing District 3.

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GREENWOOD – Exercising the right to vote at a pivotal crossroad in today’s world was the battle cry among a sampling of voters canvassed at the Greenwood Fire Hall Tuesday.

“I’m here to vote in the primary,” said Greenwood resident Rich Wilson, who brought his mother, Phyllis Sanders, to vote late Tuesday morning. “After being in the service, and with everybody else fighting for my right to vote, I figured I might as well do it.”

“I want everybody to vote,” said Ms. Sanders. “I think it is very, very important.”

Hope Whaley and husband Greg Whaley of Laurel mingle with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke, right, Tuesday at the polling place at the Greenwood Fire Hall.

Lauren Witzke, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, was there campaigning prior to heading to northern Delaware.

Signs of the primary were prevalent, with support for District 3 Sussex County Council candidates Cindy Green, Lisa Hudson Briggs and Robert Wilson.

Signs for candidates in Sussex County Council District 2 Republican primary line the entrance to the Greenwood Fire Hall Tuesday.

Ed Bradley, who recently moved to Greenwood from the Milford area, said the District 2 county council primary was high on his list. The winner is unchallenged in the Nov. 3 General election.

“That it is right up there.,” said Mr. Bradley. “I have a person that I am going to vote for. I know who I am going to vote for.”

Mr. Bradley’s wife, Lois Bradley, urged all eligible voters to get out and vote.

“I am thankful that I have the right to vote. And I think everyone in this country should get out, especially on Nov. 3 and we should vote,” said Ms. Bradley. “We’ve got to vote with our hearts.”

“And a little bit of your brain would help,” said Mr. Bradley.

“We’ve got to do the right thing,” said Ms. Bradley. “This is a very crucial time and I think people need to get out and vote.”

Mr. Bradley added, “it is our responsibility to come to vote. I mean I can’t complain if I don’t vote. That is what I figure.”

Mr. Wilson and Ms. Sanders both wore face masks, a sign of the coronavirus. But both said they had no intention of casting votes through mail-in voting.

“Don’t believe in it (mail-in voting),” said Ms. Sanders.

“Get off your behind and come vote,” said Mr. Wilson.

Republican Governor candidate, State Sen. Bryant Richardson, stands with his grandson, Luke Richardson at the Laurel High School polling site.

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With a nip of autumn in the air and amid the specter of COVID-19 and the mail-in voting debate, voters strolled to polls Downstate this morning to vote in person in Delaware’s primary election.

Seaford couple Richard and Vicki Morris cast votes at the Blades Fire Hall.

“We’re here to vote, because it is an important election,” said Mr. Morris. “And we wanted to come in person because we just think this mail-in mess is just an open door to a lot of problems.”

Seaford-area residents Richard and Vicki Morris walk from the poll location at the Blades Fire Hall after voting in today’s primary election. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

“I’m very concerned about the path our country is taking. So we’ve got to get out and vote and make a difference,” said Ms. Morris.

Accompanied by her 8-year-old granddaughter, Andrea Williams of Seaford left the poll location at Seaford Middle School for another site after election officials informed her the middle school was not her polling place.

Seaford resident Andrea Williams leaves Seaford Middle School headed for another polling place to cast her vote in the primary election. With Ms. Williams is her granddaughter, Ari. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

She hopes her vote will help bring change.

“What actually brings me out here today is there is a lot of things I want to see change. I see a lot of things that are going on,” Ms. Williams said. “I hadn’t voted in a long while. I am registered to vote, but I haven’t voted in a long while. But after seeing a lot of things that were going on, I wanted to make a difference. That’s why I am here today, to try and make a difference. It is time for us to step up and try to make a difference.”

At stake are numerous political party candidates for county, state and federal offices in November’s general election, including Delaware governor. On the Democratic side, Gov. John Carney’s bid for a second term faces challenge from David Williams, while six Republicans — Colin Bonini, Bryant Richardson, Julianne Murray, David Graham, David Bosco and Scott Walker — are seeking the GOP nod.

Campaign signs line East Fifth Street near Blades Volunteer Fire Co., one of the primary election voting locations in the Blades/Seaford area. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

Ms. Murray has the Republican Party endorsement.

In Sussex County, Republican candidates in two County Council districts are on the ballot.

Cindy Green, Lisa Hudson Briggs and Robert Wilson are GOP council seekers in District 2, while District 3 incumbent Irwin “I.G.” Burton is challenged by Mark Schaeffer.

Mr. Wilson is seeking to succeed his father, Samuel Wilson Jr., who is retiring, on the county’s five-member governing body. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the primary was pushed back two weeks and procedures are different this year, mainly in the form of mail-in voting.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. today to count. Those who have not yet mailed their ballot are to drop it off at one of the Department of Elections’ offices throughout the state.

People are still permitted to vote after 8 p.m. so long as they were in line before polls closed.