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B CAPE G ZETrE - Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 5 Rep. Joe Booth maneuvers for House speaker's chair By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff Republican Rep. Joe Booth says he wants the top job in the state's House of Representatives so that he can fix a few things he believes are broken. Booth says he's the person to catalyze change in the house if he can garner sup- port from colleagues and wrest the seat from fellow Republican Speaker Terry Spence. "I'd be kidding myself if I thought it was going to be an easy slam-dunk," said Booth. Party watchers are calling Booth's desire to move into the speaker's seat a "power play" between Republicans north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and those south of the canal. Spence . of the 18th District has been speaker since 1988, the longest anyone has held the position in Delaware his- tory and cur- BOOTH rently the longest sitting speaker in the U.S., said Booth. Spence lives in Stratford in the Wilmington area. Booth, 49, of Georgetown, was first elected to the House in 2002. He served three terms as the town's mayor and two years on town council. Booth said he wouldn't usurp the authority of the caucus process by publicly discussing all of the reasons change is needed at the top. "My evaluation tells me that we could run the House of Representatives better and make a few improvements," he said. Booth said the past two years have been frustrating for himself and his colleagues and he's step- ping forward for the job because he believes he can help make needed changes. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Booth said the committee system is broken and in need of repair. He said putting together a committee quorum sometimes means run- ning from floor to floor in Legislative Hall, "just so you can Romanian delegatio00.00L visiting Sussex to study avian influenza seAoROlTva:llTodeg:n Ofrl5 eslS;tleehd:$p:o:ititdi:gan; the United States. Because thestate,s avian research and educa- government, the poultry industry, training that will enable the tion facilities are in the forefront and academia who bear responsi- affected countries to plan for and of disease detection, prevention, bility for managing outbreaks of manage the threat of avian flu. and containment, Delaware's avian influenza arrived in the The delegation will be in response to a 2004 outbreak of the United States Nov. 11 to begin an intense nine-day technical train- ing tour which will focus on their response to the disease. The Delmarva International Poultry Partnership, led by Del Tech and the UD, will have an integral role in meeting the goals of the visit. The United States Department of Agriculture awarded $424,000 to the institutions for this project. Both higher education facilities offer a unique contribution: UD is one of the top avian research institutions in the world, and Del Sussex County from Nov. 14-20, interacting with and learning from. agricultural leaders, researchers, research laboratory technicians, college faculty, and emergency representatives. They will tour several Georgetown sites: UD's Carvel Research & Education Center and Lasher Laboratories and Del Tech's medical laborato- ry training labs at the Owens Campus. Although small in size, Delaware has the highest concen- tration of chicken production in disease is a model of success for others to follow. Both UD and Delaware Tech played a major role in that effort through their research, technical services to the industry, and training of students who hold positions in diagnostic labs, the poultry industry, and research institutions. - 6 Days Only! 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