Sussex County Delaware
Phillips Scores Easy
Win Over Baunchalk
5th Councilmanic District ...

Vance Phillips 6,137 votes
Peg Baunchalk 3,591 votes

Photo: Vance Phillips

Vance Phillips handily reclaimed his 5th Councilmanic District seat with an easy victory over challenger Peg Baunchalk.

Vance PhillipsPhillips won with 6,137 votes to Baunchalk's 3,591 votes for a margin of 63.1 percent to Baunchalk's 36.9 percent.

"I think the pro-prosperity candidates all came out on top," said Phillips of his victory and the wins of other Republican candidates. "The victories of Gerald Hocker, Joe Booth, certainly says a lot about the party."

Phillips, a 40-year-old Republican from Laurel, won the 5th District council seat in 1998. This time, Phillips' district was radically altered to include the beach communities of Fenwick Island and South Bethany.

Even though many in those communities have expressed frustration with development and over-crowding, Phillips continued to maintain that higher densities were appropriate in the beach communities and that they would protect farmland in the county's central and western portions.

"In 1998, I ran on a pledge," said Phillips. "This time, I ran on a record. It proves that keeping promises in politics is very important. I'm looking forward to serving coastal Sussex."

Phillips will have his work cut out for him convincing residents of the beach communities that his formula for higher densities along the beaches is sound land use planning.

Phillips lost in Voting District 05-38, Baunchalk's home territory, even though many Fenwick Island residents have become disenchanted with Baunchalk's handling of the town's police and budgetary matters.

Phillips, an Agri-businessman, defeated Willie Taylor for the Republican nomination in the September primary.

Baunchalk, president of Fenwick Island Town Council, said during the campaign that she would attempt to foster sensible growth, preserve farmland, provide more jobs through economic development.

A 68-year-old retiree, Baunchalk, a Democrat, was making her first run at office outside of Fenwick Island. She has been on Fenwick's council since 1993.

General Election Overview | Campaign 2002 Index

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