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Milford's Kenton drops out of 18th Senatorial District race C.4AH (tALZE'E, Friday,*Aprit;tO A'pr 16; 8"- 25  By Rosanne Pack Stating that his family is much more important than his cam- paign, Republican candidate Har- vey Kenton withdrew from the race for the 18th Senatorial Dis- trict earlier this week. As early as July 1997, Kenton made it known that he was con- sidering a run for the seat that is occu- pied by Sen. Robert KENTON Voshell, D- Milford. Word in the hall was that Voshell would not run for a third term, and Kenton began to test the waters. Later in the year, Voshell, the Senate majority leader, did an- nounce that he would retire at the end of his 1998 term. However, even before he offi- cially announced, he said, "I'm a great family person. My family comes first and always will." After several months of enthusi- astic campaigning, Kenton said, "As the campaign proceeded, I be- gan to miss virtually every activi- ty involving my children and grandchildren. I was simply not willing to put my family life on hold to pursue public office." The Milford Realtor said that he was very confident that his cam- paign would have been successful, and his supporters were wonder- ful, but he began to feel a strain from not being as involved with his family as he wants to be. "It wasn't winning or losing that was an issue," Kenton said, "and the party has been great for me. "Some of those who supported me might feel a little let down, but those are the true facts, my family is much more important than a campaign, and I will not put them second or third or fourth." Kenton said he pretty well an- ticipated the rigors of campaign- ing, but the longer it went on, the more he missed his family activi- ties. "You know me, I went at it 200 percent," he said. "That's the only way I know how to go; I go into whatever I do at that rate." Bruce Rogers, Sussex County Republican chairman, said he ac- cepts Kenton's decision, and he acknowledged that the candidate is a very strong family person. "I respect his decision, despite the fact that the residents of the 18th Senatorial District and the State of Delaware will miss out on the services of a fine person. "I think Harvey learned that, in politics, true friends are support- ive of your decisions, regardless of the results," Rogers said. Kenton said although he is with- drawing from the race, he will still be active in the campaign or in community activities. "I will continue to support my community, and I will still be around to help," he said. "I don't plan to serve as a campaign man- RBVF responds to April 5 trailer fire; no one injured The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company responded to a trailer fire at F79 Atlantic Ave. in the Sea Air Mobile Home Park on Sunday, April 5. The fire was contained to the kitchen and dining area of the trailer, al- though the entire residence suffered smoke damage. The trailer was un- occupied at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Delaware State Fire Marshall's Office. LAWN ENFORCEMENT LANDSCAPING IS PROUD To ANNOUNCE EXPANDED LANDSCAPING SERVICES m LAWN SEEDING LAWN OVERSEEDING 8 SOD INSTALLATION LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION FINAL GRADING ON NEW CONSTRUCTION 8 GRASS CUTTING SQUARE FOOT GARDEN DESIGNS & INSTALLATION STONE DRIVEWAYS ager or anything to that extent, but there are things that I want to get done; things that I will be working on." He said it's not important to him to have his name attached to ac- complishments or to have titles. Working behind the scenes, around the conference table with Delawareans of all walks of life, serving on voluntary boards in his community are all places he finds himself at home. Kenton has three grown chil- dren, and he has long been in- volved in youth activities. He said he has been asked to serve on the national level with the Future Farmers of America and he will continue to serve on several state- level committees with that organi- zation. Rogers and Kenton said that party officials are talking with two or three people who are interested in placing their name on the ticket. A decision on who will replace Kenton is expected soon. "It's early," Kenton said. "We'll have a great candidate, and I'll be there to do what I can to help." May 1st & 2nd Fri. 8 A.M.. 6 P.M. Sat. 9 A.M.. Noon Welcome To & MILLWORK New Home of Hurd Windows | e There s A New Window In Town And home construction will never be the same. With Hurd windows, you can select from a wide variety of shapes, sizes and types of windows and patio doors to suit any need. Hurd also offers one of the largest selections of glass options in the industry. Feature for feature, no window offers more comfort, efficiency, durability and value than Hurd. Stop In and ask for a demonstration of the best thing to happen to home construction here since the nailing gun. 1538 Highway One, Lewes, DE 19958 302-645-9580 800-733-9663 When You're Seams About Windows?' !===== l