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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 13 Vance Phillips to seek Collins&apos; seat on Sussex County Council By Michael Short The fifth Councilmanic District seat held by Sussex County Coun- cilman George Collins is begin- ning to attract a lot of attention. Collins is up for re-election in 1998 and two challengers have al- ready come forth to say they are inter- ested in run- ning for his seat. They are Vance Phillips, a Laurel farmer, who ran for the PHILLLPS U.S. Senate previously, and Willie Taylor, a 53-year-old businessman. Phillips who lost a primary to Ray Clat- worthy, refused to accept more than a $5 contribution from any supporter. Both challengers are RepubJir cans and both have similar philosophies, arguing that Sussex County Council is out of touch with the voters. Collins, one of four Democrats on the council, could not be reached on Thursday to discuss whether he would run for another term. Sussex County Council mem- bers endured a public whipping this week during Tuesday's marathon session in which they were berated for considering a housing code aimed at owner oc- cupied structures. Phillips mentioned the issue prominently in his decision to run. A sixth-generation Sussex Count- ian, Phillips farms about 400 acres of land in corn, soybeans, melons and vegetables. His ad placed in the "Guide" was cited by some of the speakers on Tuesday as the reason they attended the hearing. Phillips said that Tuesday was a great day for democracy and added that Tuesday's hearing was the "culmination of pent up frus- tration with the government." Phillips (Phillips Landing is named for his family) said ordi- nances need to be reviewed not just for constitutionality, but also for sensibility. He calle for respect for private property and said he would be "responsive, reasonable. and resilient." "[County Council] should not look for every opportunity to in- tervene in the private lives of Sus- sex Countians," he said. "The im- portant thing is not the intent of a law, but rather what the govern- ment can do with the law." "You have got to understand that although there may be prob- lems, we can not use knee-jerk re- actions to solve those problems because it creates new problems," Phillips said. "You've got to be willing to get out and listen to the people and address their con- cerns." Taylor operates three business- es in Sussex County: T and C Wholesale Distributing Company, Tri-State Mobile Home Supply and Sussex Mobile and Modular Service. Taylor, 53, spent 16 years in the U.S. Army. "The people, that is who I will represent," he said. "The county ' administrator and the department heads should get out and get more in tune with the people," he said. "I am committed to this 100 percent. I have always believed that a quitter never wins and a winner never quits." Taylor said he will be a high- profile candidate and said he plans to dust off the constitution. One specific proposal offered by the candidate is to move County Council meetings to 6 p.m. so that people can attend meetings with- out having to take the day off from work. He said Sussex County needs to consider the issue of affordable housing and said that he wants to be accessible to members of the public. "I want to get their ideas and their views." He plans to make his candidacy official on Saturday. Now that the Johnsons built their dream kitchen, they hardly ever eat out. . - . ...... ..... .. "< ...<o...+. . . '!<' " . . #,ifi " .+ .... < ". .... . • ; 7 + Mal<e It Happen The special introductory rate on our Wish List Line Of Credit is just what you need to make those home improvements you've been dreaming about. Now you can use the equity in your home to access the money you need to renovate and redecorate -- simply by writing a check. 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