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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 19 Newcomer Continued from page 4 ning and zoning commission for 20 years. Garnering 60 percent of the vote, Arlett won every one of the 14 precincts in the district. The Republican sweep in the county didn't hurt; no Democrats were elected in county races, and two popular Democratic legislators were defeated: Sen. Bob Venables lost to Bryant Rich- ardson by 696 votes in Senate District 5, and Rep. John Atkins lost to newcomer Rich Collins by 270 votes in Representative District 41. Arlett, a veteran and Bethany Beach realtor, has been active in 38th District politics, which piqued his interest in a run for the council seat held by Phillips. He admits that the odds were stacked against him; the word insurmountable comes to mind, he said. Arlett, who will take office in early January, said it was simple. "I got out there to meet people, listen and tell my message with no expectations one way or the other. I would have been at peace whatever the results were," he said. In his first run at a political of- rice, Arlett unseated Phillips in the primary. Perhaps that upset was a harbinger of things to come, and not only for Arlett. "My message has always been transparency, character, integrity and that I'm here for the people," he said. "I think I bring a different mind-set and bring a different level of humility. I'm about listen- ing to people and putting honesty, integrity and character back into public office. I think that resonat- ed with a lot of people," he said. Arlett said he will be doing a lot more listening over the next few weeks as he prepares to take a seat on county council to start 2015. "I don't owe anybody any- thing, so I can approach council with a focus on the people. I come to the office with no agenda other than servitude," he said. Voters choose newcomer Wheatley said he got caught up in the Republican sweep. "I don't think voters' decisions were based on what Bob Wheatley or Rob Arlett were saying, but what they were seeing on the national scene," he said. "There was a lot "of voter dissatisfaction at the federal and state levels. ! didn't see that at the county level, but it rolled on down and everyone with a 'D' by their name was thrown out." Sheriff Continued from page 4 we all work together." Lee said he does not support Christopher's view that the Sher- iffs Office needs arrest powers to carry out its job, which includes delivering court papers and con- ducting sheriffs sales. Lee said the Sussex Sheriffs Office is not a branch of law enforcement. Lee said the staff should be- come involved in community events. "I'm not against doing good things in the community that promote the good of the county" he said. After looking at-the numbers, Lee said he was amazed that he was able to pick up a lot of votes in southeastern Sussex, an area where he didn't do well in the primary. "The Republican clubs helped me out a lot. They did an awesome job for me," he said. ' nd I can't say enough about the voters in Seaford. They paid me back in full for 25 years I served on the police department." UP TO $1000 BACK• NOW is the time to save on gorfleous carpet from Kara~tan for a limited time Dilly During National Karastan Month you wilt find the lowest prices of the season Special Financing Available "See sto;e re1 detads andorsoncarpetl CARPET ONE 302-227-3244 19871 Coastal Hwy. Rehoboth Beach, DE Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 • Sat. 9-3 * Sun. by appt. Low voter turnout on the Democrat side also hurt, he said, adding he knew early on when results starting coming in that Democrats were in trouble. Wheatley said voters had a chance to elect someone who had years of experience with land- use and economic development issues, but chose a newcomer. "It's politics. I'll still be around," he said, adding he will remain as chairman of the county's planning and zoning commission. 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