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Lifelong Sussex resident files for District 2 seat

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Lisa Hudson Briggs will run against incumbent Wilson

In her professional life, Lisa Hudson Briggs has seen a host of candidates walk into the Sussex Department of Elections Office. She worked there the last 15 years of her 33-year state of Delaware career.

Now, the Georgetown Republican has become one of those candidates herself, filing this week for the Sussex County Council District 2 seat held by two-term incumbent Sam Wilson, also a Georgetown Republican. Council Vice President Wilson recently filed for his third four-year term.

The retired state employee said she has always served others and been active in community activities. "This has always been an interest of mine. Running for council has been a future goal; now is the time," she said.

The candidate said she would put constituents first. "I will listen to my constituents to better understand the issues they have, and I will keep them aware of what is happening," she said.

She said she would be a positive voice for the people. "I'm willing to do the research and be out in the community looking and listening," she said.

Briggs said issues that center around growth are at the top of her list. "Sussex County is open for business, and the tourists are coming," she said. "We all have to plan and work together."

She said road congestion and road conditions are among the most pressing problems not only in District 2, but all over the county. "Roads should either be there or be planned as the first thing," she said.

She said county officials need to work with state officials, including Delaware Department of Transportation officials. "Communication is the key to everything," she said. "I will ask a lot of questions."

Briggs said she is very familiar with issues faced by farmers. She and her husband, Lewis Briggs, lived on the family farm outside Georgetown for several years and even operated a produce stand along Route 9. The land is now home to Sports at the Beach.

Briggs said she met with Wilson before she filed to tell him her intentions. "Two hours later he filed," she said. "I told him this was my time; this is a good fit for me. It's time to let the voters decide."

She said she is not a realtor, but she works in her husband's Georgetown real estate office. Lewis Briggs, a retired Delaware State Police trooper, is a realtor with Cooper Realty.

Born and raised in Millsboro, Briggs, 52, has four grown children and 10 grandchildren. She graduated from Sussex Central Senior High School.

Briggs served as a certified ambulance attendant in Millsboro in the early 1990s, was past president of the Sussex Central Field Hockey Boosters and was an officer in the North Georgetown Elementary School PTO. She is a member of Georgetown Historical Society, a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7422 and a member of the Sussex County Republican Women's Club.

Vincent files for another term

In District 1, Council President Mike Vincent, R-Seaford, has also filed for a third term.

A crowded field is vying for the District 3 seat, where Council-woman Joan Deaver, D-Rehoboth Beach, is stepping down after two terms.

Filing so far are Republicans I.G. Burton, Frank Shade and Mark Schaeffer, all of Lewes, and Kevin Burdette of Milton, and Democrat Leslie Ledogar of Lewes.

The deadline to file for county council seats is noon, Tuesday, July 12. The primary election is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13. The general election is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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Original Publication Date: May 20, 2016

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