Storm-water stance Wilson’s impetus in seeking third county council term

GEORGETOWN – Contrary to the state’s stance, Samuel Wilson Jr., says digging ditches and swales isn’t the cure for storm-water drainage issues.

That is his foundation as a longtime Georgetown-area farmer and member of Delaware’s agriculture community.

And it’s one of the primary reasons he is seeking a third term as Sussex County Council’s District 2 representative.


“If you have ditches you ain’t doing nothing, you’re just wasting your time. Digging holes will not hold water. They might think it does but it doesn’t really,” said Mr. Wilson. “So that is one reason why I think I’ve got to keep on running here.”

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Samuel Wilson Jr.

Mr. Wilson, who filed may 6, will face a challenge in the Republican primary in September. Lisa Hudson planned to file Friday.

Mr. Wilson is the only councilman with farming roots on the council. He is also on the Sussex Conservation District board.

“I’m not sure everybody is as familiar of it as I am. I’m a farmer sitting on the Soil Conservation board trying to keep things in line,” Mr. Wilson said. “That is the biggest industry in the state; farming and agriculture. I am the only one there that represents farming and agriculture.”

He feels his presence as a decision-maker is even more crucial in light of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s storm-water policies and regulation proposals.

“Natural Resources has got involved in it. They want to put storm-water holes in, ponds in and everything else now. It doesn’t do a thing by putting holes in; just digging ditches and swales and letting water run to the storm-water hole,” he said.

Mr. Wilson, 77, suffered a stroke last October that kept him from the council chambers table until January. Through rehabilitation he has progressed to where he now uses a cane.

“I’m 77. So that means I am too old to run, right? I hope not,” Mr. Wilson said.

Mr. Wilson won election to council in 2008. He succeeded longtime Democrat Finley “Butch” Jones as the council representative for the north-central portion of the county. Mr. Wilson won a second term in 2012.

During his council tenure Mr. Wilson has advocated for property rights and less governmental regulation and bureaucracy.

The main plank in his platform in quest of a third term is to remain the voice for agriculture and farming.

“I think three terms would be as much as anybody would want to stay in, trying to change what they can,” said Mr. Wilson. ‘I kind of think somebody should be on there to take care of agriculture. To be honest with you I wish I could find somebody that’s is in agriculture that would take my place.”

County council president Michael Vincent, R-Seaford, filed for a third term in District 1 on May 10.

In District 3, candidates include Democrat Leslie Ledogar and Republicans Kevin Burdette, I.G. Burton, Mark Schaeffer and Frank Shade. Councilwoman Joan Deaver, D-Lewes, has said she is not seeking a third term.

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