20th District Race
One of State's Cleanest
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George Bunting won re-election in the 20th Senatorial District with a comfortable victory over challenger Gerald Hocker on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.
Bunting, a Democrat from Bethany Beach, recorded 12,502 votes to Hocker's 9,747, or 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent. Hocker had never run for election before.
Bunting said during the day that one of his priorities will be to talk to Sussex County Council about drug problems in the 20th District.
"I got a phone call yesterday from a friend of mine, who's a member of the NAACP and a community leader in Selbyville, and one of his concerns and certainly a concern that I have is the drug issue," said Bunting. "It's become a serious problem, particularly in minority and poor areas of the district ... throughout the district, I can't just say it's poor ... and it's driving crime in the area, too."
The two respected businessmen ran one of the cleanest campaigns in the state.
"I think people can look back on it, as leaders, maybe we can set the example for some other folks," said Bunting. "I've tried over the years to set a standard in running for office. Sometimes it's very hard to live up to, because you have to bite your lip and not knee-jerk to certain situations. Gerald has been a strong opponent and certainly a very worth opponent."
Hocker said he wasn't contesting Bunting but was only contesting for the Senate seat Bunting happened to have.
Hocker said he was advised to use some negative advertising in the campaign but that he refused because "my reputation is more important than winning."
Bunting, a 55-year-old Democrat from Bethany Beach, said his calling was to be a voice for the voiceless. He said quality of life, a strong economy, education, the environment and strong communities were among the most pressing issues the 20th District faces.
"I think the major concern is growth and how to deal with the growth we're having," he said, "and along with the growth comes the road problems, the infrastructure problems we're having. We heard a lot about education, as well, perhaps how to improve education or some of the things we're doing with education now that people don't agree with. It's good that people are discussing these topics because at least they're on the forefront of their minds."
Hocker, a 52-year-old Republican from Ocean View, said the most important issues facing the district included education, government waste and spending, better schools, the environment, and helping senior citizens.
Hocker was particularly critical of the Delaware Department of Transportation and said he would like to see a DelDOT planning office in each county to bring in the roads and highways the growing district needs.
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