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It's official: Ledogar the only Democratic candidate for District 3

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Leslie Ledogar is now the official Democratic candidate for Sussex County Council's Third District. The filing deadline for November's general election passed July 12.

Ledogar is running to replace Joan Deaver as the lone Democrat on the five-member council. Deaver has decided to retire.

"The most important issue before the county council is the new comprehensive plan," said Ledogar, a former environmental lawyer with a master's degree in forestry.

The plan will be adopted in 2018, but work on the update has already begun, according to the county's website.

"It's hard to overstate the importance of the comprehensive plan," Ledogar said. "It dictates land use and development in Sussex County. Our very quality of life in the Cape Region depends upon it."

Ledogar believes there is a golden opportunity to do better because the citizens deserve better. She believes that the next comprehensive plan should:

Ensure that supporting infrastructure, such as roads and sewers, are integrated with development

Provide for a variety of transportation options (biking, walking, mass transit);

Require an analysis of the impact of a proposed development on both the natural and built environments

Provide greater predictability for business people, including developers by including more, and more fine-tuned zoning categories.

Besides the comprehensive plan, she is also focusing on how to:

Demand accountability for code enforcement. The current system is largely complaint driven

Encourage millennials to stay in or return to this county because future jobs are provided

Champion smart community and regional planning to ensure that seniors can age in place. This includes providing ways to get around without using cars, planning healthy neighborhoods and ensuring that workers in the service and medical sectors can get to and from work.

"We need to take a deep breath and figure out what we want the Cape Region to look like in the next 10, 20 and 30 years," Ledogar said.

The Third District includes all of Milton and Lewes and extends as far as Milford to the north, Ellendale to the west and Route 24 to the south.

For more information about Ledogar and to invest in her campaign, go to the Friends of Ledogar Facebook page or

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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2016

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