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  • Gordon to retake County Executive role Tuesday

  • Tom Gordon will be transitioning back into his old role of County Executive Tuesday, seven weeks earlier than planned.
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  • Tom Gordon will be transitioning back into his old role of County Executive Tuesday, seven weeks earlier than planned.
    On Nov. 6, Gordon beat Republican Mark Blake in the landslide New Castle County Executive election by nearly 65,000 votes.
    In September, Gordon, who held the role from 1997 to 2004, beat incumbent Paul G. Clark in the Delaware primaries.
    Clark will be leaving his post earlier than expected as Gordon re-enters his former office Tuesday morning.
    County employees and union representatives will welcome Gordon back with banners and a small party at the Reeds Way County building that morning.
    A ruling by the Delaware Office of the Attorney General that came down Wednesday determined that Gordon could assume office before the New Year because Clark was never actually elected to the position.
    When now Sen. Chris Coons (D- Delaware) was elected to the U.S. Senate, leaving behind his former role as County Executive, then-County Council President Clark assumed the job.
    As of Tuesday night, Gordon already anticipated the possibility of having only a week to prepare to take his old office back.
    When he was elected County Executive in 1997, he had several months to prepare.
    It'll be quick, and more difficult, he said.
    With the one week between being elected and taking office, Gordon said that he will have to tackle issues he sees in several county departments while running the government.
    "I would love to have [Clark's] assistance," he said Tuesday.
    One of the things Gordon wants to do is bring the citizens back into the government.
    Gordon received 64 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election and Blake received 36 percent.

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