in the special election
Former state representative Tom Kovach was elected president of
New Castle County Council by a hefty 57.5%-to-41.7% margin.
He joins two other
Republicans, Janet Kilpatrick and Robert Weiner, on the
13-member Council. It remains to be seen how much influence he
will be able to bring to the assembly, which seldom acts in
partisan fashion. Kovach vested Tim Sheldon, who retains his
ninth district Council seat. As expected, the special election
attracted a sparse turnout. County Executive Paul Clark, former
Council president, and his wife, land use attorney Pam Scott,
and their potential conflict of interest were the main issue in
the abbreviated campaign. Both candidate pledged to oppose any
property tax increase this year, although many observers believe
a bid to enact one is inevitable.