The New Castle County GOP is excitedly sending out the word that Tom Kovach’s victory as New Castle County President is the first county-wide victory by Republicans in almost 20 years.
Election returns show Kovach received 16721 to County Councilman Tim Sheldon’s 12139 votes for the Democratic challenger. County GOP chair Michael Flemming said in a statement Kovach’s victory was due in part to “unrelenting focus on real solutions for county government’s ever-mounting problems gave voters a clear choice in this election and they responded with their overwhelming support.”
Kovach will be sworn in some time next week. His election brings to an end a cycle of elections that began when Vice President Joe Biden resigned his senate seat in 2009. Senator Chris Coons won the seat in November 2010. Paul Clark was elevated to County Executive from Council President, thus creating the need for Thursday’s election.
Kovach campaigned on a need for change and to address economic issues he sees facing New Castle County. He will serve out the last 2 years of Clark’s term. Sheldon remains on the Council representing the 9th District for the next 2 years as well.