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20 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 - MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 - NEWS 60P laments death of Wood Sigler: By Kara Nuzback knuzback@capegazette.com Delaware Republicans are mourning the loss of a man who helped the party thrive in .2012. Sussex County Republican Com- mittee Chairman Jerry Wood died Dec. 28 at his home in Frankford. Wood announced Dec. 20 he would not seek a second term as chairman due to health reasons. In a press release, Wood said he was proud to have served his fel- low Republicans and thanked those he worked with in the 2012 election cycle. Wood had been a volunteer and election district chairman for the Republican Party since 2008. He was elected chairman of the Sussex County Republican Committee Feb. 13, 2012, after former Chairman Glen Urquhart resigned the post to run for the Delaware Senate. During his tenure, the Republi- can Party dominated Sussex It's a sad day in Delaware County races, securing two new legislative seats - Senate District 6 and Representative District 20, which moved to Sussex from New Castle County after redis- tricting in 2011. The party also faced contro- versy after Senate District 19 Re- publican candidate Eric Boden- weiser withdrew from the race Oct. 17, days before he was charged with more than 100 felony sex crimes involving a child. Wood filed a certificate of nomination with Sussex County Board of Elections Oct. 18 to put Republican Brian Pettyjohn on the ballot. Pettyiohn, a former mayor of Georgetown, was a write-in can- didate in the race. Delaware Elections Commis- sioner Elaine Manlove refused to replace Bodenweiser's name with Pettyjohn's, and Republi- cans took the battle to court. On Oct. 30, one week before Election Day, Delaware Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Sus- sex County Republican Party, and Pettyjohn ultimately won the race for SD 19. Republicans now hold four of Sussex County's five Senate seats and seven of the county's nine House seats. Wood also served as a delegate to the Republican National Con- vention in Tampa, Fla., in August. In a Dec. 28 statement Delaware Republican Party Chairman John Sigler said Wood left a mark on the party at local, state and na- tional levels. "His commitment to strength- ening the party's grassroots net- work ensured that new faces and talents were brought to into the party and effectively utilized in advancing the cause we all hold so dear," Sigler wrote. "I will always remember Jer- ry's tagline at the bottom of each of his emails: 'It is a great day in America.' Jerry is right. Though, today it is a sad day in Delaware," Sigler said. Wood was born Sept. 4,1939, in Clinton County, Ind. He graduat- ed from American University in Washington, D.C. Wood spent much of his career work- ing for the U.S. Department of Defense. He also owned a real estate invest- ment company Jerry Wood where he pur- chased and re- habilitated houses in Washing- ton, D.C., and the surrounding area. He retired in 1993 and moved to Delaware. Wood will be buried beside his late wife at the Garden of Re- membrance Cemetery in Cape Gazette Clarksville, Md. He is survived by his brothers Delbert and Richard and by his son, Kent, and four grandchil- dren. In a Dec. 28 statement, 9-12 Delaware Patriots Executive Di- rector Theresa Garcia said Wood had been an active member of Sussex County 9-12 Patriots since the group formed in May 2010. "Jerry Wood was a true Patri- ot," Garcia wrote. "He attended most of the meetings in Sussex County and many in Kent Coun- ty, always ready with a smiling face and an encouraging word." "Jerry Wood was a friend and mentor to many. 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