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CAPE GAZETTE, Frida Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 15 Voters send inc00antben00 Adams, Bunting, Simpson back to senate By Jn Cresson State senate incumbents carried th races statewide, and the Sus- sex County contingent is geared up to tackle the budget and other issues behind the leadership of Sen. Thurman G. Adams, D- Bridgeville. Adams, a lifelong farmer, held back a chal- lenge by Cape Region educa- tor Stell Parker Selby to keep the 19th Senate District seat he has held since 1972. He is the likely choice to succeed retired ADAMS Democratic Sen. Tom Sharp as president pro tempore of the body. He has told his colleagues that he will accept the leadership position if asked. Adams spoke about the issues Jim Omaaon photo State Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, gets eongratula- tions from Jack Burris, the honorary chairman of his campaign, at the Slaughter Beach Fire Hall facing Delaware legislators when they return to session in the sec- ond week of Jtry 2003. "The state economy is a big concern to all of us," he said. "I don't want to raise taxes, and I don't want to put a tax on ciga- rettes. I'd much rather tighten state spending as much as we can and then I would consider turning to the Rainy Day Fund for assis- tance. There is currently $125 million in the Rainy Day Fund, a state emergency reserve created by General Assembly dedicating 2 percent of annual revenues to it. The fund and the mechanism of funding it were cosponsored by Adams and former senator Richard S. Cordrey, a Millsboro Democrat. "Having said all that, I still want to emphasize that I'm opti- mistic the economy will turn around sooner rather than later," said Adams. "As soon as corpo- rate America's belt tightening re- sults in higher earnings and prof- its, our economy will turn around, too." Adams also said he expects to revisit the no-smoking amend- ment to the Clean Indoor Air Act. "I'm sure we're looking at modi- fying that amendment," he said. Sen. George H. Bunting Jr., D- Bethany Beach, gained seniority as he garnered 59 percent of the vote and swept a field of three In Oook Imto Sueeess/al in his bid for re. election, state Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. dons a headset to listen to election result challengers. Bunting, a Cape Re- gion businessman, said he will support Adams as the senate's next leader and will hope for some key committee assignments, perhaps a seat on the Bond Bill Committee. He, too, said tackling the budget shortfalls predicted for Delaware will be the first order of senate business. "Cuts can go only so far," Bunting said. "We may be looking at giving the state a percentage of the gaming tax. We may also look at bringing sports betting to the state and possibly a cigarette tax. We have a big budget deficit pro- jectcd, and we're constitutionally mandated to balance it. We have to work our way through it, and that'll be a high-priority job. Also, I think the people have told us that the no-smoking law needs to be amended. I see H.B. 99 coming out of committee and passing in the Senate. People are just going to have to show some intestinal Continued on page 16 Andrew Kwgsn photo Democrat John Burton listens to election results on the ra. clio at his home in Lewes where he learned he lost his bid to unseat incumbent Republican state Sen. Gary Simpson. On Your Side Every Minute of Every [J00ly. We're there when you need us. We're a single source for ALL your insurance needs: Auto Home Financial Products Call me or stop by. We're on your side. David Fetterman Rkhard Parsons, o,cu 200 N. Rehdbolh BII.  d Camelot Milford Rehobo, 226-2545 422-3079 S7 Sry Rd. Dover, 674-g10 Vt tiNm jmts anise ae www.nwagenLcom/did_fetlerman Jlml www.nwag enL om/richrd_lrsonsl Jllml Iruin html Insurance & Financial Services Nmkfl Is On Yew Sk @ UhllrJrm 1 uld P/m..m by Nlmhl Llle I Com[ ny NlicmCde Mutw J I Cemey aml Allllbt al CZmlNaM Heine   0H43215-2220 VOM 11/00 Business Thad Tmitt 365 Savannah Rd. Lewes 645-6459 Interchangeable alphabet & charm links let you create your own personal one-of-a-kind stretch bracelet. Starter Bracelet $6.00 Charms starting at $12.00 ! iii: " - w 00ine 5ewe@ First Street Station Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Mon.- Sot. 10:30 - 6, Sun. 11:30 - 5 over 250 " iit  Interchangeable Unks 302-227-3770