Kovach took the gavel as president of New Castle County Council
with a call to "make sure business[es] can operate and thrive"
in the county. In a brief talk after being sworn into office on
Jan. 25, he
said his other two priorities are to bring about "more open
government" and to reduce costs by consolidating services.
Kovach, a former state representative from eastern Brandywine
Hundred who was defeated in a bid for re-election, upset
Councilman Timothy Sheldon in a special election to become
titular leader but one of only three Republicans on the
13-member Council. Sheldon retains his Council seat. Kovach
indicated that he expects Council to continue to function in its
traditional nonpartisan way. His agenda, he said, "isn't a
Republican or Democratic thing."