Sussex County Delaware
Atkins Earns 41st
District Rep. Seat
41st Representative District ...

John Atkins 3,897 votes
Donald Ward 2,568 votes
M. Joyce Thurmon 56 votes

Photo: John Atkins

Political newcomer John Atkins cruised to victory in the 41st Representative District with a surprisingly easy victory over Donald Ward.

Atkins won the race handily, claiming all 9 voting precincts, despite the endorsement of Ward by retiring 41st District Rep. Charles West.

Atkins finished with 3,897 votes, or 59.8 percent of the total vote, while Ward finished with 2,568 votes, or 39.4 percent.

Atkins, a 32-year-old Republican from Millsboro, was making his first attempt at public office.

The owner of Blue Hen Disposal Inc., Atkins campaigned on a platform of responsible growth with adequate infrastructure, protection of manufactured housing tenants, improving educational resources, and senior citizens issues such as affordable prescription drugs and elimination of the pension tax.

Ward, a 59-year-old Democrat from Millsboro, campaigned on a reduction in high-end, high density developments, improving education, better financial planning, and financial incentives for builders and investors to provide affordable housing for local families.

A retired educator and owner of a real estate developing company, he had been the 41st District's chairperson until West decided to retire from politics after 26 years in the state House. He easily won the Democratic Party's nomination in the September primary.

General Election Overview | Campaign 2002 Index

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