Media Releases


September 12, 2012
Contact:  Mark Blake — 302-268-4014


Wilmington, DE – September 12, 2012 – “I want to congratulate my opponent, Tom Gordon, on winning the Democratic nomination for New Castle County’s County Executive.  This race is going to focus on two primary issues: (i) restoring faith in County government, and (ii) bringing jobs and economic prosperity back to the residents of our County.

“As the President of the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association (GHADA), I have seen first hand the abuses and favorable ‘interpretations’ handed out to a select few developers, while the average resident of the County is powerless to stop the process or have meaningful input – and make no mistake, this pattern of behavior began years ago, well before Paul Clark, with special treatment for projects like the Fieldstone Golf Course and others.

“It’s time to put an end to closed room meetings and backroom deals. We need transparency. We need balance. We need a process that puts the needs of citizens first. As the only outsider in the race, I have seen the problems experienced by those not in ‘power,’ I know the frustration concerned citizens feel, and I will ensure that the entire process is fair and open for all to see.

“Moreover, my goal is to create specialized “Target Development Zones,” designed for new office, commercial, and manufacturing users, where infrastructure is already in place, so that the County can respond quickly to new businesses looking for a long term home. We need to change the County’s image from one of past indictments and conflicts of interest, to one that welcomes new business while still maintaining a strong quality of life.

“I look forward to the coming debate with my opponent and rolling out my ideas. I believe that my plans represent a better future for our County, rather than a return to a troubled past. My only goal is to restore integrity to the County and to bring a better future for our State. We need to believe in County Government again.”