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Branner's 26-year Tenure Continues With Re-election

Mar 03, 2015 12:59PM, Published by Kevin, Categories: Today, News


Kenneth L. Branner, Jr., Middletown's mayor. Photo courtesy of the town of Middletown.



Middletown incumbent Kenneth L. Branner, Jr., 68, was named winner of Monday's election, continuing his 26-year tenure that began March 6, 1989. Branner won by a landslide, taking home 940 votes, or more than four times the number of votes his opponents received combined, according to an article by Jessica Masulli Reyes of delawareonline.com.

This year, Branner was challenged by 18-year-old University of Delaware freshman Shlok Desai and 48-year-old Middletown businessman Sanjay Patel.

Kristen Krenzer, town spokesperson, told the News Journal the turnout last night was "very good for Middletown," with about 1,000 voters turning out.

According to the town of Middletown's website, "
A lifelong Middletown resident, [Branner] attended East Carolina University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Today, he is the Director of Development for Artesian Water Co. In 2007, he retired as a chemist with the DuPont Co. after 40 years of service. Prior to becoming Mayor, he was a member of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years, eight years as its chair. In his free time, he serves on the board of directors of the M.O.T. Senior Center and for the M.O.T. Little League as treasurer. On the state level, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Delaware League of Local Governments for five years, the past two years as its President. He has also coached and served on the board for the M.O.T. Youth Football League. He served as Chief of the Volunteer Hose Company for four years and is a Life Member of the department. He and his wife Nancy have two grown children and four granddaughters."

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