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  • Gordon takes back NCCo Executive seat

  • Gordon, who held office from 1997 to 2004, may transition back into his old role as soon as Nov. 13 if the Attorney General's Office agrees.
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  • When Tom Gordon begins serving as New Castle County Executive, he plans on revamping the county's Public Safety, Land Use, and Finance departments.
    And this could happen as early as next week.
    Gordon, who held office from 1997 to 2004, may transition back into his old role as soon as Nov. 13 if the Attorney General's Office agrees.
    "We have to govern and reorganize," Gordon, a Democrat, said.
    In the Nov. 6 general elections, Gordon beat Republican Mark Blake by more points than his campaign projected.
    Blake, a civic association leader from Hockessin, received about 36 percent of the votes while Gordon took 64 percent.
    At 10:15 p.m. Nov. 6, 266 of New Castle County's 268 voting districts reported polling results.
    Gordon won with more than 148,000 votes.
    After winning the September primary elections and out seating incumbent Paul Clark, Gordon said that his campaign calmed down.
    He said that by then, he felt the public supported him.
    Blake said that he thought more votes would have been cast in his favor in the primarily Democratic county.
    "It's as the story goes," Blake said, "everyone will be watching closely. We hope he does a fantastic job and turns things around with the economy and puts citizens first."
    In the first half of the county executive elections, Gordon and Clark continuously questioned each others ethics.
    Clark touted felony racketeering charges that Gordon faced more than a decade ago, and Gordon questioned Clark's ethics with the land use department.
    Ultimately, the felony charges against Gordon were dropped and he pled guilty to lesser charges.
    With the lead he had over Blake, Gordon said that he wasn't worried about his past being an issue Tuesday.
    "[The people] didn't believe the Republicans' attacks and didn't believe or hold them against me," he said.
    Gordon chose to run for his old position because he did not like the way the county was run over the past eight years, he said.
    He plans on tackling the county's Unified Development Code, which has been described as many as a mess that is not followed.
    "We'll bring it all back together," Gordon said, "the attorneys, the citizens ... We'll see what broke and fix it."
    He said that he is looking forward to working with newly elected County Council President Chris Bullock, who he describes as qualified and a good friend.
    Despite his loss, Blake said that he will remain active in county government and with the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association.
    "We were hoping more voters would want our new ideas and honest and ethical government," Blake said Tuesday night. "There's still a lot going on and we'll work with the government."
    Page 2 of 2 - Gordon plans a smooth transition into office and said that he will work with Clark.
    If the Attorney General's Office decides in his favor, the transition will begin next week rather than in January.
    In 1997, Gordon said that he was ready when he made the transition in January. He said he's ready now, but it will be quicker.
    Gordon plans on taking a look at county staff in all department's and making changes where needed.
    "The best thing we will do is bring the citizens back into government," he said.

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