Sussex County Delaware
Candidates' Forum
Oct. 28 in Millsboro
Sussex Beat, Oct. 21, 2002

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Candidates Forum

A host of candidates for state, county and federal offices are slated to appear at a Candidates' Forum on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002 in the Millsboro Civic Center.

The forum, hosted by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Slated to appear are:

  • Raymond J. Clatworthy, Republican challenger for Delaware's U.S. Representatives seat;

  • Attorney General candidates M. Jane Brady, Republican incumbent, and Green Party challenger Vivian Houghton;

  • Democratic State Treasurer incumbent Jack Markell;

  • State Auditor of Accounts candidates, R. Thomas Wagner, Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Robert B. Wasserbach;

  • 18th Senatorial District candidates F. Gary Simpson, Republican incumbent, and John S. Burton, Democratic challenger;

  • Candidates for the 20th Senatorial District seat: George H. Bunting Jr., Democratic incumbent, and challengers John L. Rieley, Republican; William Winkler, Green Party; and Albert F. Gargano, Independent Party;

  • Donna Layfield Sinnamon, Independent Party candidate for the 38th Representative District seat;

  • Donald Ward, Democrat; and John Atkins, Republican, candidates for the 41st Representative District seat;

  • D. Ray Ellerman, Republican incumbent for Clerk of Peace, and Democratic challenger Diana K. Chaney;

  • Register of Wills candidates Howard A. Clendaniel, Democratic incumbent, and Donald E. Oliphant Jr., Republican challenger;

  • Robert Hearn, Democrat, and John F. Brady, Republican, candidates for Recorder of Deeds;

  • Fourth District Sussex County Council candidates George B. Cole, Republican incumbent, and Wolfgang von Baumgart, Independent Pary challenger;

  • Fifth District Sussex County Council candidates Vance Phillips, Republican incumbent, and Peg Baunchalk, Democratic challenger;

  • County Sheriff candidates Robert Reed, Republican incumbent, and Marshall Craft, Democratic challenger.

More candidates are confirming attendance daily, according to the Chamber.

The format will allow time for questions from voters, as well as brief opening and closing statements from the candidates.

A display area will be set up for distribution of campaign literature. Time will also be set aside for informal conversations between candidates and voters.

For more information, call the Chamber at 934-6777.

Wildlife Funding

A $202,500 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will fund the development of a habitat conservation plan for Sussex County, according to acting Director Lloyd Alexander.

"We will focus on the impacts of development, highway construction and timber harvest on forest habitat for federally listed species, particularly the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel and threatened bald eagle," Alexander said.

Delaware is one of 16 states splitting $68 million for such plans, envisioned as cost-cutting measures that will enable better protection of habitat resources because they eliminate the need for case-by-case plans. The federal program was started to help reduce conflicts between conservation of threatened and endangered species and land development and use.

A Habitat Conservation Plan is an agreement between a landowner and the Fish and Wildlife Service that allows the landowner to "incidentally" take a threatened or endangered species in the course of otherwise lawful activities when the owner agrees to conservation measures to minimize and mitigate the impact of the taking.

Such plans may be developed by a county or state to cover certain activities of all landowners within that jurisdiction, and may address multiple species. "By supporting local planning and habitat protection efforts, these grant programs help states and local governments provide for continued economic development while conserving threatened and endangered species," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams.

The grant will pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of the planning process.

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