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III ._.L_ -__L County council bac00 ............. away from at-large seats By Kevin Spee A proposal to increase Sussex County Council from five mem- bers to seven is again headed to the General Assembly. Establish- ing two at-large seats - to be elected countywide -would of- fer better representation for Sus- sex County residents, supporters say. Sussex County Council Presi- dent Vance Phillips, R-Laurel, opposes a larger council As an alternative, he said, county resi- dents should consider electing an at-large council president, who represents the entire coun- ty. He says that move would en- sure a countywide election, yet it would be less expensive than paying for two more members of council. Other opponents say the 2010 Census is likely to affect existing districts. They say changing the council should wait. Sussex County&apos;s population - roughly 185,000 residents - has increased nearly 20 percent since 2000, compared to a 10 per- cent increase in the overall state population, according to a U.S. Census update. Most new residents live along the coast. The" county averages about 168 people per square mile. Near the Atlantic Ocean, howev- er, the average population is clos- er to 300 people per square mile, the U.S. Department of Com- merce found. The county has five council members representing geo- graphic districts that contain about 35,000 people each. Councilman George Cole, R- Ocean View, was elected from coastal District 4, the smallest in square miles, yet most densely populated. Councilman Sam Wilson, R-Georgetown, of Dis- trict 2, represents the least- densely populated district, yet one of the largest in square miles. Council members earn $26,075 annually and receive the same health, dental and vision benefits Continued on page 13 School seats Continued from page 1 bachelor's degree from Delaware State University and owns an ac: counting firm and lawn-care business. Both businesses are in Lewes. During his campaign, Miller called for the No Child Left Be- hind Act to be repealed, for fund- ing to reduce class sizes to 20 students per teacher and to in- crease wages to teachers. As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller called for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour, which he said was a more livable wage than the cur- rent $6.55. Miller called for an end to discrimination and access to healthcare for all Delaware- ans. He said he supRorted uni- versal healthcare and oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska. Miller is a native of Sus- sex County and is active in the Crossroad Christian Church of Dover. He and his wife Denise live in Lewes with their two chil- dren. He could not be reached for comment by press time. Miller will challenge Andrew 'mdy" Lewis for the Area C seat. Area C represents the Lewes area. Board Vice President Dr. Peter Coveleski currently holds the seat, but he is not seeking re- election. Leonhart challenges Sara Wilkinson and Meyer Persow for the member-at-large seat cur- rently held by Allan Redden. Redden has served on the board for 10 years, previously holding the Milton-area seat. o (SO0) <> 6Ill First State Boat Chase Center on the riveffront Wilmington March 13th-15th Friday & Saturday 10-8 Sunday 10-5 From Personal Watercraft to Cruisers and everything in between! ,. ,Sponsored By: DMTA mnmm 1@ Delaware Marine Trade Association , -rmc:: 302-945-7378