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56 - CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 While politicians the hatchet on Return Da00r... Dan Cook photos Return Day 2002 brought people by cars, buses and carriages by the thousands to the Circle in Georgetown Nov. 7 to celebrate this biennial event, when candidates from practically every race in Delaware ride side by side through the town before burying the hatchet. Following the parade and ceremonies, the lovely fall weather kept those manning the roasted ox very busy. The age-old tradition of burying the hatchet is per. formed by (above right l-r) Sussex County party leaders Wolfgang yon Baumgart, Independent Party; Jack Dalton, Libertarian Party; Keller Hopkins, Republican Party; and Thelma Monroe, Democratic Party. Each Return Day former Georgetown Mayor Layton Johnson, pictured center, serves as the town crier in his top hat as he reads the "returns  or election results from the balcony at the Sussex County Courthouse. At left, Attorney General Jane Brady waves victoriously from the carriage during the parade, accompanied by her husband, Mickey Neal. Also on board were her opponents in the race, Democrat Carl Schnee and Vivian Houghton from the Green Party. Sen. George Howard Bunting Jr. of Bethany Beach easily bested his three opponents to win re-election for the 20th Dis- trict seat. Riding with him in this full carriage are his wife, Donna, and losing candidates Republican John Rieley, AI Gargano Jr., who ran as an independent, and William Win- kler, from the Green Party. Successful Democratic can- didate for the new 14th Rep- resentative District Pete Schwartzkopf waves appre- ciatively to the crowds. Sen. Joe Biden maintained his seat by a healthy margin against his Republican opponent Ray Clatworthy. Biden brought along granddaughter Maisy Biden for her first Re- turn Day and probably not her last. Michael Miller from Lewes was once again defeated by Congressman Mike Castle for Delaware's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shown riding together during the parade are (l-r) Michael Miller's wife Denise and son Mike Jr., along with Castle and his wife Jane. Sen. Thurman Adams, a Democrat, was victorious over Esthelda Parker Sel- by (far right), a Republican, to hold on to his 19th District seat. With them are Adams' daughters, Lynn Kokjohn, left, and Polly Mervine.