County voters elected new Republicans to the Sussex County Council District 5 seat and possibly the county sheriff’s seat, while re-electing Republican incumbents to the Sussex County Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds seats.
County voters elected new Republicans to the Sussex County Council District 5 seat and possibly the county sheriff’s seat, while re-electing Republican incumbents to the Sussex County Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds seats. The race for Sussex County sheriff may not be over quite yet, however. Election officials still have write-in votes for incumbent Jeffrey Christopher left to count.
Sussex County Council, District 5
Republican Rob Arlett defeated Democrat Bob Wheatley in the race for the open Sussex County Council District 5 seat. Arlett won with 6,849 of 11,351 votes, or 60 percent of total ballots cast.
“I want to thank the supporters, my friends and my family and thank the people of Sussex County for putting their trust in me,” the Frankford real estate agent said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve them. I’m very humbled, it is a great day for Sussex County.”
Bob Wheatley, who currently serves as the chairman of Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, defeated incumbent Vance Phillips in the primary election, but lost to Arlett in the general election on Tuesday with 4,502 votes, or 40 percent.
“It was a Republican wave,” Wheatley said. “I think we had good message, we kept our campaign positive and we were issues focused. We are very proud of the effort we put in but I think it was just the circumstances. The voter turnout was low and the sheriff write-in campaign mobilized the very conservative republicans.”
Wheatley said he intends to continue to serve on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, and will most likely accept the role again if reappointed at the end of his term. As far as running for the council District 5 seat in the future, Wheatley said he certainly wouldn’t rule it out.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all the volunteers, supporters and donors who assisted me along the way. I will always remember them for it,” Wheatley said.
Arlett will now replace Phillips on county council to represent the Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millsboro, Millville, Selbyville and South Bethany.
Sussex County Sheriff
Republican Robert Lee came out victorious in a crowded race for Sussex County Sheriff. Lee was up against Democrat Ronald “Beau” Gooch and write-in candidate Jeffery Christopher.
Lee came out ahead in Tuesday’s general election race with 32,506 of 53,208 votes, or 61 percent of total ballots cast.
“I think it was great day for Sussex County and a great day for Republicans and now we are going to and get the office of Sheriff back to the way it is supposed to be,” said the 61-year-old Seaford resident.
Gooch, former Chief of the Lewes Police Department, followed behind Lee with 20,702 votes, or 39 percent.
“I just want to thank my supporters,” Gooch said. “I think we ran a clean race and I want to congratulate Mr. Lee for running a good campaign.”
Gooch said he has not ruled out running for Sussex County Sheriff again in the future.
“You just got to keep playing,” Gooch said. “I just have to do my homework and see what I could come up with next time, but I don’t think I did too bad for my first time.”
In September GOP primary election, Lee defeated incumbent Christopher. The tight race required a recount, which upheld the primary election results. Christopher later filed for write-in candidacy.
“It is unlikely that there will be more than 32,000 write-in ballots,” Lee said.
The official count of write-in ballots cast in support of the Greenwood resident won’t be available until 10 a.m. on Thursday according to Kenneth L. McDowell, director of the Sussex County Department of Elections.
“We haven’t gotten all the numbers in yet, but we can pretty much see the numbers and recognize that we conceded to Lee and we want to congratulate him,” Christopher said. “I’m unsure of what the future holds. It takes a lot of time and sacrifice to be in this position, but it was a good run. We appreciate all of the support.”
Sussex County Register of Wills
Incumbent Republican Cynthia Green, a 54-year-old Greenwood resident, won a second term Tuesday by defeating Democrat challenger and former register Gregory Fuller Sr., 52-year-old Lincoln resident and Delaware Social Services administrator. Green, a former elderly caregiver first elected in 2010, received 36,436 votes, or 61.2 percent of the total. Fuller, who was previously appointed to the seat in 2008, received 23,145 votes, or 38.8 percent.
Sussex County Recorder of Deeds
Incumbent Republican Scott Dailey, a 42-year-old Lewes resident, won a second term Tuesday by overcoming a challenge from Democrat candidate Alma C. Roach, a 54-year-old real estate paralegal from Georgetown. Dailey received 35,165 votes, or 59.3 percent of the total, Roach received 24,123 votes, or 40.7 percent.