Return Day will return, with the ceremonial burying of the hatchet thanks to an effort led by two Sussex County legislators and Georgetown’s mayor.
The nationally known ceremony that features winners and losers of election races sharing carriages was canceled earlier, due to coronavirus.
State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, and Georgetown Mayor Bill West announced that they will be holding a reading of returns and burying of the hatchet on Return Day, November 5thon the Circle in Georgetown.
The returns will be read at noon by Sussex County Sheriff Robert Lee, followed by the burying of the hatchet immediately following on the stage in front of the Sussex County Administrative Offices by chairpersons of the Sussex County Democratic Party, Republican Party, Independent Party, and Libertarian Party.
West stated, “Georgetown is the center of our beloved Sussex County,” he said. “This is where people, for over 200 years, have come together to celebrate the end of the election, to meet their newly elected officials, and begin the work of mending fences that may have been damaged during the partisan political season. With the turmoil that we have all faced in 2020, it’s important that we come together and move forward.”
While Return Day is nonpartisan in nature, the ceremony is expected to be viewed as a political ploy by Democrats. Republicans have been urging an end to the governor’s state of emergency, claiming that dangers from Covid-19 have been overplayed.
This event is neither sponsored, endorsed, nor authorized by the Sussex County Return Day, Inc. Committee.
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