by Terry Rogers
On Tuesday, November 13, Milford City Council honored retiring Representative Harvey Kenton with Proclamation 2018-17. Mayor Archie Campbell read the proclamation with Representative Kenton, Representative-elect Bryan Shupe and Senator-elect Dave Wilson in attendance.
“A true Milfordian born and raised in this community, Representative Harvey R. Kenton will be ending part of his public life with the conclusion of the 2018 Legislative Session,” Mayor Campbell read. “Representative Kenton is respected by his colleagues and considered to be a tireless advocate for Delaware’s farming community, education system, healthcare services and low taxes.”
Representative Kenton began his career in the legislature in 2010, replacing long-term legislator, the late V. George Carey. During his time in the House of Representatives, he served on the Appropriations, Education, Health and Human Development, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Energy, Finance and Natural Resources Committees. For the last six years, he has been a member of the prestigious Joint Finance Committee, creating the multi-billion dollar budget for the State of Delaware.
“A little note on my side, Harvey has gone back to school, he is back in college, so congratulations,” Mayor Campbell said after reading the proclamation. “I’ve known Harvey for probably 10 years, so to me it is an honor to give him this recognition.”
Representative Kenton asked to speak a few words after a standing ovation in his honor.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure,” Representative Kenton said. “I look around this room and see an old classmate of mine, Owen Brooks, a special friend. We’ve known each other for life. I know just about everybody in here. I got a hug from Lisa just a little while ago, she has been a friend of our family for many years. I see Senator-elect Dave Wilson and newly elected Representative Bryan Shupe. Milford is going to be well-represented. I have been honored the last four terms to serve you, an honor and a pleasure. I have gone back to college. Someone asked me if I was a co-ed, I don’t know about the co-ed part but I am 10 years older than the professor and even older than the students in the class. A couple of them call me Pop-Pop, but I am doing okay with that and come the first of the year, I will probably be full-time at college. I intend to keep busy and I am still in the phone book if anyone needs me.”
Councilman Owen Brooks pointed out that he and Representative Kenton had a long history together, coaching Little League and through other community events.
“I don’t use this word very often, but you are a great person,” Councilman Brooks said.
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