Sussex County Delaware
Cole Easily Holds
County Council Seat
4th Councilmanic District ...

George Cole 9,641 votes
Wolfgang von Baumgart 1,098 votes

George ColePhoto: George Cole

Incumbent George Cole had little trouble holding onto his 4th Councilmanic seat on Sussex County Council with an easy win over challenger Wolfgang von Baumgart.

Cole garnered 9,641 votes to von Baumgart's 1,098 votes or 89.8 percent to 10.2 percent.

Cole said he felt the election results indicated the voters liked his stances on controlling growth in Sussex County. He pointed to problems associated with that growth, such as lack of infrastructure, inadequate roads, and quality of life issues.

"On many of these issues, I feel I've been on target since I was elected in 1986," said Cole, a 51-year-old Republican from Ocean View. "I am a strong advocate for slowing the growth, lowering the density, improving the infrastructure, and improving the water quality of the inland bays. I think I've been pro-active. I'll continue to try to be ahead of the curve and not play catch-up."

He has often been alone in voting against higher densities in the beach communities and pledged during the campaign to continue that crusade by addressing the lack of infrastructure and services for southeastern Sussex County's growing population.

von Baumgart, a 48-year-old Millsboro resident and member of the Independent Party, said during the campaign that he would support Sheriff Robert Reed's efforts to return police powers to his department, make county offices such as county administrator elected positions, and an end to "politics as usual".

General Election Overview | Campaign 2002 Index

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