Kent County Levy Court Commissioner at large Terry L. Pepper announced his candidacy for re-election on Feb. 14. Pepper, who was elected in 2010, said he is honored to represent the residents of Kent County and desires to continue providing high quality representation for another four year term. Pepper said the last three years have been very productive as commissioners have worked together beyond politics to accomplish numerous projects for the betterment of Kent County. Some of their accomplishments include: the first Kent County Economic Development Office with a focus on retaining jobs, looking for economic development opportunities and helping entrepreneurs start small businesses in Kent County; continued the support of public safety which includes additional funding to volunteer fire and ambulance services and major upgrades to the county public safety building to better serve the future emergency needs of Kent County. He is also proud of the working relationship that the county has developed with the municipalities, such as helping with the new Dover library, coordinating emergency services for the Firefly concerts and providing sanitary sewer service to the city of Harrington. All of this and numerous other projects have been accomplished without tax increases for the past three years, Pepper said, adding that in Fiscal Year 2011 Levy Court was able to cut property and library taxes. If re-elected, Pepper plans to continue these initiatives and focus on increasing Kent paramedic services to the area between Bowers Beach and Milford which is currently served by Sussex County and developing a plan to increase paramedic coverage west of Dover to the Maryland border due to the relocation of Dover High School and the growth that will create. Pepper also plans to continue economic development initiatives and continue support of Homeowner Associations to help them improve their communities. Pepper lives near Magnolia with his wife, Valarie, and has two daughters and sons-in-law, Lauren and Brian Cusick and Heather and Kevin Imhof, and three grandchildren.