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Family Fights For Military Member To Keep Council Seat

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DOVER, Del. - One month ago, Jeannie Anderson and her children said one last goodbye to a loving husband, father and solider before he went off to combat.

"[Afghanistan] is a very dangerous area and I worry all the time," said Jeannie Anderson, wife of David Anderson.

"Usually, I just see him everywhere and I'll be like 'oh hey dad,' but now it's kind of different," said his daughter Rebecca Anderson.

The Delaware National Guard member leaves behind more than just a family. He's also a council member in the fourth district in the City of Dover.

But the issues for David Anderson deploying to Afghanistan sits with a current city of Dover code that states he will forfeit his title if he misses three consecutive regular meetings. On April 24th, all city council members declined to vote on an amendment which would secure his seat when he returns.

"They said don't worry that his job is protected and everything," said Jeannie Anderson. "I know they aren't out to get him but my big concern is, 'why not put it in writing?'"

"We did not want make it out to just favor David Anderson," said council member David Bonar.

Bonar does admit the wording in the current code is vague and council members will soon look at a state ordinance which would allow military service members to use Skype to participate in meetings.  
"I don't see how you can penalize someone who is going overseas to defend our country," said Bonar.

It's exactly what the Anderson family hopes for their soldier when he returns home next year.

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