SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Local farmer and businessman Jesse Vanderwende has announced that he is running to represent the 35th District in the Delaware State House of Representatives.
The Bridgeville Republican says he is trying to replace 10-year veteran State Representative Dave Wilson, who said on Friday, that he will be running for the 18th District Senate Seat.
Vanderwende says that Representative Wilson approached him and asked him ton consider running in the fall election. Vanderwende says, "I gave it a lot of thought and discussed it with my wife, Taylor, and other members of my family. Earlier today I registered as a candidate at the Sussex County Department of Elections. I'm humbled to offer myself for consideration."
Vanderwende is reportedly no stranger to public and community service. He is the past president and current member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club; the past president of the Delaware Soybean Board; a member of the Delaware State Fair Board; and the current member of the Sussex County Farm Bureau.
The Vanderwende Family reportedly farms 4,000 acres in western Sussex County, cultivating watermelons, grains, sweet corn and peas. They also have a dairy herd of 240 Holstein cows and raise chickens for Perdue. The Vanderwendes are best known for operating a retail and wholesale ice cream business with locations in Bridgeville, Greenwood and Dewey Beach.
Vanderwende says, "Agriculture is Delaware's top industry, and I want to be a part of boosting Delaware's economy by not only focusing on ag, but all areas important to the 35th. Jobs, the education system, infrastructure, and public safety just to name a few. One of the reasons I decided to run is to be a voice in Dover that reflects the conservative values of the constituents in the 35th District."
The 35th Representative District is on northwest and north central Sussex County and includes the municipalities of Bridgeville, Greenwood and a portion of Georgetown.
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