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2@ FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 Statewide Election )) Flowers, Bonini vying for state treasurer By Kara Nuzback The candidates for state treas- urer agree small businesses need financial assistance from the government to grow and create jobs in Delaware. They disagree on how big a role the government should play in pulling Delaware out of its fi- nancial rot. Chip Flowers has never held elected office; Colin Bonini has been a state senator for the 16th district since 1995. Fk00,e. Flowers, 35, of Middletown, won the Democratic primary against incum- bent Velda Jones-Potter. Flowers founded Flow- ers Counsel Group, a cor- porate law firm, in-2006. He earned an undergraduate Chip Flowers Sussex County Election )) NEWS degree from University of Penn- sylvania, a law degree from Georgetown University and a master's in public administration from Harvard. Flowers served on the Congressional Joint Eco- nomic Committee and the White House Office of Political Affairs under President Bill Clinton. If elected, Flowers plans to re- vamp the Treasurer's Office and strengthen its presence in state affairs. He plans to take over manage- ment of the strategic fund, cur- rently managed by the Delaware Economic Development Office, which customizes financial as- sistance to businesses consider- ing location in Delaware. Flow- ers would implement a State Fi- nancial Early Warning System which would let : know when to stm to avoid being de future economic d so, the candidate v "Hometown" tax "Excellence in D credit that would nesses for hiring I dents. Republir." Colin Bc Bonini, 45, of 1 unopposed in the 1 is director of mar] Mid-Atlantic Re Bond Agency in D4 He earned a bac', from Wesley Colle lives on a farm out: with his wife, Me rington, a professe rate agencies : cutting costs astated by a 3wnmm. A1- ,ould create a :redit and an .daware" tax reward busi- elaware resi- Mll [agnolia, ran )rimaries. He :eting for the gion of The wer. lelor's degree ge in 1991 and ;ide Magnolia lissa A. Har- at Delaware Cape Gazette .State University. Bonini believes in putting money back into the private sec- tor to promote small business growth. If elected, he plans to enforce an early retirement option for state employees and a hiring freeze in an attempt to eliminate positions in state government to save taxpayer money. He also believes in full disclosure of funds and plans to give resi- dents better ac- cess to infor- mation regard- ing how the state is spend- ing taxpayer Colin Bonini dollars. JeffreyScott Christopher challenges-Eric Swansd By Kam Nuzbadt knuzback@capegazette.conh Both sheriff candidates,be- lieve it is important to keep costs low for taxpayers. Incum- bent Eric Swanson does so by partnering With other county and state offices to obtain sur- plus materials for the office and stop the outsourcing of certain activities. Jeffrey Scott Christo- pher plans to do so by updating technology and Working in a small department. Swanson has been Sussex County's sheriff since 200Z Christopher has" never held elected office. Demm-ga Eik.mlm Swanson, 56, of l.ewes, is a r tired Delaware state policema While on the state police, Swan- son served in the patrol, crimi- nal investigation, crime van, bomb squad and intelligence units. Swanson received an associ- ate's degree from Del-Tech in criminal "Imtice, and a bachelor of science in human resource management from Wilmington College. He is also a former cer- tiffed, instructor for the Delaware State Police Academy. The sheriff served in the US. Air Force, Naval Reserves and Delaware Na- tional Guard:  Swanson is a regular member of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Company, an associate member of .the George- EricSwanmn town Volun- teer Fire Company and alife- time member of the National Rifle Association. The incum- bent has coached Little League, high school football and high school softball. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children. Since being elected, Swanson has put the budget for the sher- iff's office back into the black. He heads the only sheriff's of- rice in Delaware to secure Fami- ly Court document service, pre- viously done by a private con- tractor outside Sussex County. Auctioneering was also previ- ously outsourced and is now taken care of in hour. Swanson has formed partnerships with Sussex County Paramedics and .Delaware lustice Information System to obtain surplus GPS systems, laptops and printers for police vehicles at no extra cost to taxpayers. Swanson also hires high school seniors and college students as unpaid in- terns in order to give them real world experience and assist in the office at no cost tO taxpayin_g residents, Christopher, 46, of Green- wood, is a former Sussex Coun- ty sheriff's chief deputy. He has over 26 years of law enforce- n for sheriff's, seat ment experience i lice supervim'on an Skilk During Maryland, Chri vanced from patre geant to chief of lX The challenger) blasting company private execu- tive protection for clients in the eastern United States. He is a mem- ber of the Dover First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, past president of the Fraternal Ord Lodge 2 and a me ous classic car co Christopher live: farm with his wit two children. It plans to introduce child and senior s grams for way patrol, po- t administra- fis career in topher ad- man to set- ice. a sand- provides Christopher .r of Police, aber of vari- lector clubs. on a small ;, Barbi and elected, he programs in ty and pro- ard youth. Christopher would also update technology in sheriff's sales procedures, cutting redundancy and costs. One of his goals is to make the sheriff's office visible throughout Sussex County and create public, corporate and al- lied police partnerships to bring a positive professional outlook to the office. Christo- pher believes a small agency can accomplish these tasks with hard work and hand-in-hand in- teraction with the county coun- cil, allied agencies and citizens. Christopher said the people, not the state or any other agency, grant the powers ofthe sheriff's office, according to the Delaware Constitution. As it stands, he said, the sheriff has become an office job, mainly fo- cused on sheriff's sales instead of acting as conservator of the peace, as was originally intend- ed. 'e need to act like a com- munity," Christopher said, "and treat each other with care, re- spect and honor." Brady, Dailey to square off for recorder of deeds- By Kara Nuzback Both candidates say they plan to im- prove service to the residents of Sussex County. John Brady would accomplish this by continuing to modernize the office and using the internet to display recently fried deeds. Scott D ailey would accom- plish improved service by implement- ing regular office hours. Brady has been Sussex County's recorder of deeds since 2003; Dailey has never held elected office. Demmae era,00 Brady, 51, of Lewes defeated Alma Roach in the Democratic primary elec- tion. He has been the managing attor- ney of Brady, Richardson, Beauregard & Chasanov LLC since 2005. Before that, Brady acted as a sole practitioner and as a legislative attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives and as a deputy attorney general. Brady received his undergraduate de gree from University of Richmond and a law degree from Widener University School of Law, where he is a Delaware bar, equity and Chancery Court instruc- tor. As recorder of deeds, Brady has re- duced return times of recorded docu- ments, improved online services, creat- Contiml  papZ3 Fuller v. Green if By Kara Nuzback Both candidates ran unopposed primary election. Greg Fuller s takes a proactive approach to the tion. Green said she is running tc fees as low as possible. Fuller ha register of wills since 2008; Gree never held political office. Dem0a0000Fu00 Fuller, 48, of Lincolo, can Delaware more than 20 years take care of his elderly parents. Philadelphia native got his first su in 1991 with the Department of G tion. Fuller was selected as SUl tendent of the Ferris School for B a the id he posi- keep been a has e to go to The :e job xrec- erln- lysin register 0fwills race 2004 and later became deputy superin- tendent of the William Marion Steven- son House in Milford. Fuller retired from the U.S. Army in 2002, after serv- ing for 21 years. He is an honors gradu- ate of Wi]rnington College with an asso- ciate's degree in genera] studies and a bachelor of science incriminal justice. He also possesses an associate's in bibli- cal studies from the Friends Christian University. The incumbent takes short- term missionary trips to Haiti and is the executive director of Compassion of Christ World Missions. Fuller is the for- mer president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employ- ees. He is a member of the American Legion, Ellendale Volunteer Fire De- Continued on page 23