Democrats hold picnic, honor Deaver

Joan Deaver, the lone Democrat on the Sussex County Council, was honored July 12 at the Annual Eastern Sussex Democrats Picnic, held at Hurdle Farm near Harbeson. Deaver recently announced she is stepping down after serving two terms as councilwoman for District 3.

Democratic Party members and candidates were able to enjoy Betty Hurdle’s backyard setting of perennial gardens amidst rows of cornfields.

Eastern Shore Democrats President Peter Schott introduced the dignitaries and invited Leslie Ledogar, the 2016 Democratic candidate for County Council’s District 3, to say a few words about Deaver.

“Joan is, without a doubt, one of the bravest women I know,” Ledogar said. “We are all very thankful for her strong and unwavering service to the people of Sussex County, especially District 3.”

After Schott presented her with the Crystal Award for outstanding service, Deaver called on the crowd to support Ledogar.

“She is the one we need,” Deaver said. “Please join me in supporting Leslie as our next councilwoman.”