Shade exploring possible run for County Council

LEWES – Election 2016 is nearly a full year away.

Lewes-area resident Frank Shade may toss his hat into the political arena as a Republican candidate for Sussex County Council.

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Frank Shade

Mr. Shade, who retired earlier this year after 25 years employment with Sussex County, announced Tuesday said he is exploring the possibility of seeking County Council’s District 3 seat currently held by Democrat Joan Deaver of Lewes.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I wish to announce the establishment of an exploratory committee to look into the aspects of entering the political field as a candidate for the 3rd district council,” said Mr. Shade. “We will be making contact with friends and neighbors to weigh the possibility of this path for office. Our intention with this committee is to develop a relationship with the constituents of the 3rd council district.”

Mr. Shade plans to make an official decision not too far into the 2016.

“I would think it would be soon after the first of the year, probably as late as February,” said Mr. Shade.  “We will just go around, talk to people in different areas and find out what they think; if  they think it is a good idea or if they say ‘No, we think so and so will do a better job’ or whatever it might be. Those that know me, it’s about getting the job done. It doesn’t matter whether who you are affiliated with, because right is right and wrong is wrong.”

Mr. Shade is well-known in Southern Delaware circles and beyond with his employment with Sussex County, work supporting charitable causes and as the public relations voice of World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association.

“We believe that my 25 years’ experience with three county administrators and additionally  having worked closely with numerous members of county council and the public  that this is the right path way to proceed,” he said.

In semi-retirement, Mr. Shade, 66, is a contract employee in development with Autism Delaware.

In 2010, Mr. Shade – as a Democratic Party candidate – sought the 37th State Representative District, a legislative seat won by Republican Ruth Briggs King of Georgetown.

If successful in a council candidacy, Mr. Shade pledges he will be most accessible and that voices of constituents will be heard loud and clear.

“I like to think I am a pretty easy guy to talk to,” said Mr. Shade. “I’m not an easy guy to shut up, so if there is something the folks want said and I believe in it, then it is going to get heard.”

At present, land use/development is the most pressing issue, he said.

“Probably the single biggest issue that everybody is kicking around right now is land use,” said Mr. Shade, adding that he is all for rights of property owners “unless it directly infringes on the people that have to live around him.”

“With the ongoing building and all that that is going on here on the east side here (of the County), while it is nothing that council people can do we can use that position to … speak with our state elected officials about the infrastructure because our infrastructure over here just can’t handle a whole lot more,” said Mr. Shade. “It is important to me that we all have to live comfortably together everywhere. Specifically we have to be able to live comfortably here on the east coast because we get that giant influx of visitors. What used to be just four of five months out of the year is now pretty much becoming year round. Route 1 stays congested year round; it just worsens at certain times of the year.

New taxes aren’t an answer. We’ve got to be able to do this within the confines of what we’ve got. We do have so many people living here that are on limited incomes or fixed incomes. Then we have got to be very cautious about how we do this.”

Ms. Deaver is currently in her second four-year term.

In addition to District 3, two other council seats – District 1 (Michael Vincent, R-Seaford) and District 2 (Samuel Wilson, R-Georgetown) – are up for election in November 2016’s General Election.

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