Carter wins Thursday's Democratic primary for New Castle County Council's 6th District

In elections Thursday, challenger David B. Carter upset incumbent William Powers Jr. in the New Castle County Council 6th District Democratic primary.

With nearly 59 percent of the votes, Carter easily defeated the three-term incumbent who had served on County Council for 12 years.

Here are the vote totals:

David Carter 2,304 votes; 58.86 percent;

William Powers 1,610 votes; 41.14 percent.

Carter, 56, of Townsend, said during the campaign that most important issues facing the county and the 6th District include proactive land use planning and providing the needed infrastructure and services.

In his response to the GateHouse Media Delaware candidate questionnaire featured on the Transcript's website, he said the 6th District "has been woefully underserved by New Castle County government."

"We have an immediate need for a new paramedic station, a new library and a regional park," Carter said. "We also need to develop a fair and equitable farmland preservation program that has been called for in the County Land Use Plan for decades but never developed. I will work to ensure these services are delivered."

He said with land use, "it is clear that Southern New Castle and Bear need a new voice with new ideas. If we keep doing things the same way, the quality of life we love below the canal, in Bear, and in Glasgow will be jeopardized. Special interests will prevail over the needs of the public, and our needed services will not be provided. We will be stuck in traffic, may not get a paramedic when we call, and may not have adequate parks or a library to come together as one diverse community to enjoy."

Carter said the most important county land use issue "is the need to develop an up-to-date comprehensive plan at a more localized scale reflecting community needs. I would also promote and champion the needed land use code for implementation."

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