I.G. Burton files for District 3 county council seat

GEORGETOWN – It’s now a Republican party foursome in September’s primary election for Sussex County Council’s District 3 seat.

Longtime businessman Irwin “I.G.” Burton of Lewes officially filed Thursday with the Department of Elections for the council seat currently held by two-term Democrat Joan Deaver of Lewes.

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Irwin “I.G.” Burton files Thursday with the Department of Elections in Georgetown as a candidate for Sussex County Council’s third district. With Mr. Burton were his wife Jullie (pictured) and other family members and friends.

“Being a true native of Sussex County I know where we’ve been in the past, where we are today and what the future can hold for our communities,” said Mr. Burton. “This is an exciting time for Sussex County, but it is also a time when we need to balance the rapid growth our neighborhoods are witnessing with the strong traditions that have made Sussex County an amazing place for our families and small businesses to thrive over the years.”

Mr. Burton joins fellow Republicans Kevin R. Burdette of Milton, Mark G. Schaeffer of Lewes and Frank E. Shade of Lewes on the GOP ballot in the Sept. 13 primary election.

Leslie Ledogar, a Democrat from Lewes is also seeking the four-year term in District 3.

Ms. Deaver has indicated she will not seek re-election.

Mr. Burton, 55, currently is in his eighth year on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission. He worked in his family’s automobile dealership business for almost 30 years.

“I bring 30 years of experience, business experience. The county is a business,” said Mr. Burton. “The one big thing I kind of bring is common sense. I have got a common-sense approach to looking at things.”

Mr. Burton has served as a member of the Bayhealth board of directors and a University of Delaware trustee over the last several years.

He was appointed by two governors to the Council on Transportation.

“I have been on a committee on transportation for 16 years,” said Mr. Burton. “Two Democratic governors appointed me to this committee, so I know a little bit about transportation, which is a pretty big issue.”

Mr. Burton is married with four children.

“I am looking forward to it,” said Mr. Burton of the upcoming political season. “I am looking at it as I’m just applying for a job. It is a job. I am applying for it. The voters will decide whether I am the right guy for the job.”

In addition to District 3, council terms in District 1 and District 2 are also up for election in November. Those seats are currently held by council president Michael Vincent, R-Seaford (District 1) and Samuel Wilson Jr., R-Georgetown (District 2).

Candidate filing deadline is July 12.


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