New Faces in House, Sussex Council Seats


Representative-Elect Charles Postles, State House District 33.
Representative-Elect Charles Postles, State House District 33.
On Tuesday, November 7, voters not only elected Donald J. Trump to the office of President of the United States, they also voted in several local elections. Lisa Blunt Rochester was chosen to replace John Carney in the United States Congress, the first African-American woman to represent Delaware in Congress. John Carney was elected over Colin Bonini to the office of Governor.

In local elections, voters chose Charles S. Postles Jr. to represent the 33rd District House of Representatives seat over Karen Williams. Mr. Postles received 5,780 votes while Ms. Williams received 4,271 allowing Mr. Postles to win the seat with a 57.5 percent margin.

“Thank you to the voters who came out and voted for me on Tuesday,” Mr. Postles said. “My hope is to achieve my goals of a smaller, less intrusive government. I hope to see more economic development, more jobs. Hopefully, my colleagues and I in the House can make it more attractive for businesses to choose Delaware.” Mr. Postles will take the seat held by the late Jack Peterman. Representative Peterman announced that he would not run for reelection due to health reasons and passed away in August 2016.

Sussex County Council will also have a new face representing part of the Milford area. I.G. Burton III defeated Leslie Ledogar. Mr. Burton received 14,308 votes representing 55.84 percent of the vote while Ms. Ledogar received 11,318 representing 44.16 percent of the votes.

“I am very thankful to those who voted for me for this election,” Mr. Burton said. “Now we can focus on the comprehensive plan so that growth in the county meets the needs of economic development, agriculture and the environment.” Mr. Burton will replace Joan Deaver who chose not to run for reelection. Samuel Wilson who ran unopposed will retain his seat on council and represent the Milford area as well.

In the 35th District, David L. Wilson retained his seat, defeating challenger Gary Wolfe by a margin of 72.91 percent to 27.09 percent. Mr. Wilson received 6,552 votes to Mr. Wolfe’s 2,435. Representative Wilson has held the seat since 2008.

“I am humbled by the support and am honored to continue representing the 35th District in the House,” Representative Wilson said. “Our biggest challenge this year will be creating a balanced budget. With a new governor in office, things will change somewhat, but I know that we will work together to keep Delaware the great state that it is.”

Representative Harvey Kenton who represents the 36th District which includes Milford ran unopposed and will retain his seat in the House.


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