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A second Democrat considers House race

July 13, 2009

Frank Shade

Frank Shade


Frank Shade, president of Punkin Chunkin for seven years, said he would consider entering the race for the 37th Representative District, should that seat become available.

Rep. Joe Booth, R-Georgetown, who holds the seat, announced his candidacy last week for the 19th Senatorial District seat, an election just three weeks away. If Booth is victorious, Shade, a Democrat, said he’d jump in for the Democratic nomination in the potential House race.

“I feel this is the correct thing to do. I feel I have a good rapport with the people in this area,” said Shade. “I feel my leadership abilities that I demonstrated in my life so far made me think this it the right thing to do.”

Shade, 60, lives in Nesbitt Station just outside Lewes and is Sussex County director of purchasing and fleet management. From 2002 to 2008, Shade served as president of the Punkin Chunkin Association, and, by choice, Shade said did not seek another term. Instead, he became a Punkin Chunkin trustee and director of promotions and media. Under his presidency, he said Punkin Chunkin has earned an international reputation.

Shade moved to the Cape Region in 1990 and was one of 10 paramedics hired to set up a countywide paramedic program for the Sussex County Paramedics Division. He also sits on the boards of the Delaware Autism Foundation and the Sussex County Cancer Survivors Fund.

“I feel I have a good face and name recognition that will make me a good candidate,” he said.

If the 37th District seat becomes vacant after the Monday, Aug. 3 Senate election, Democrats will have to determine a candidate in caucus. Sussex County Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Ewing is out of town and unavailable for comment.

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