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Bridln Reynolds Hughes photo Republican and Lewes resident Mary Spicer, a former Beebe Medical Center executive, has formally declared her candidacy for Delaware House of Representatives District 14. The dis- trict was created in 2002 to reflect growth in eastern Sussex County and includes Rehoboth Beach, Long Neck and southern points of Lewes. Spicer held a formal announcement conference, Jan. 7, at The Plantations clubhouse. Shown are (l-r) Seaford Mayor Dan Short, Sussex County Sheriff Robert L. Reed, Spicer, Sus- sex County Recorder of Deeds John Brady and Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford. Spicer Continued from page 1 Beebe Home Health Agency and vice president of Beebe's Patient Care Services. "This is a health and economics issue for the constituents in Dis- trict 14," Spicer said of her goal to see healthcare provided for the uninsured. "Research has proven that per- sons without health care seek needed care much later and their conditions are significantly worse than those detected and treated at an earlier stage. The uninsured are also 10 times more likely to use the most expensive providers, the emergency rooms." Spicer said Republicans are more likely than Democrats to en- act tort reform, possibly through capping damages. House Majori- ty Leader Wayne Smith, R-Clair Manor, in 2002 proposed a cap of $250,000 on damages, which is still being considered by state lawmakers. "We have to keep our excellent physicians, not drive them out as has happened in states including Pennsylvania," she said. Spicer, who is challenging in- cumbent Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, in the No- vember election, also joins many Republicans in criticizing three tax initiatives enacted this year and in supporting the No Child Left Behind initiative. Her final platform issues in- volve traffic congestion and envi- ronmental protection. While she said she will reserve comments on the traffic concerns until reading the Traffic Mitigation Committee report in March, she has set three priorities on environmental is- sues. Spicer said her top concerns are focusing on preserving and pro- tecting wetlands, and institution- alizing continued research and funding for beach replenishment. Finally, Spicer said she would like to "correct the infrastructure by electing two new Republicans to work with Republicans [George] Cole and [Vance] Phillips to bring responsible development and growth to the Sussex County Council decisions." Spicer said she has received strong support to run for a state position and feels she has demon- strated abilities in leadership and communications through her pro- fessional experience and commu- nity involvement. Spicer is active with the De- Vries Business and Professional Women, the National Federation of Republican Women and the Sussex County Republican Women. Prior to relocating to Delaware, she was the proprietor of National Nursing Consultants in Rockville, Md., and served as executive director to the Mary- land Governor's Commission on Nursing Issues. Spicer is the widow of Dr. Robert Spicer, who was an or- thopaedic surgeon at Beebe Med- ical Center. For more information visit www.i,lju, 1-800-613-0162 m i TRY OUR SUNDAY SUPPER MENU 4- 8:00 PM CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Jan. 9 - Jan. 15, 2004 - 19 Dukes voices concerns over clogged land-use system By Jim Cresson Newly installed Sussex County Council President Dale Dukes is concerned that the large carryover of subdivision development re- quests from 2003 is clogging the county land use system. Dukes, in his 16th year on the county council, said his personal priority in 2004 is to shorten the eight- or nine-month timeframe it now takes for zoning requests and subdivision reviews to work through the county system. Last year, Sussex zoning offi- cials received 53 applications for either a change of zone or a condi- tional use for major subdivisions and residential planned communi- ties. At their Jan. 9 meeting, plan- ning and zoning commissioners held a public hearing on the 25th subdivision application from last year. "It's not that the system is flawed or that we don't move through the applications fast enough," said Planning and Zon- ing Commissioner Layton John- son. "It's just that there are so many applications. We still have at least 28 more to review from last year. Meanwhile, more are coming in this year." "I'm not criticizing the plan- ning and zoning commission at all," said Dukes. "They work very hard at what they do. It's not their fault. I know it's the amount of projects coming to the county that has slowed things down. I've heard a lot of complaints about it from a lot of people." Dukes and Johnson agree that more monthly meetings must be Continued on page 22 m ATTENTION WELDERS Manganese poisoning can produce immediate health Call Duffus & Associates i:"i ......... i::i:::::.i:.  :':ii::iii::;::ii.:i!:{i today for free information. .:i ................................................... i DtmFtJS 6, ASSOClA.0000 ExptqrJe/lf:d Trta! Attorrtmy; with OffiCeS Lo4:ithd in North Ctrtina Classes are held in Georgetown and Dover. Day and evening courses are available, or try a class online! Find courses on the Web ( or in the Professional and Continuing Studies Bulletin (call 302/831-1114 or stop in at a location below). Forms are available in the Professional and Continuing Studies Bulletin, at www'c°ntinuingstudies'udel'edu]credit/creditinf°]registrati°n'shtml or by calling 302/831-1114. 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