Dover Councilman David Anderson to run for state House

Dover City councilman David Anderson. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Dover City Councilman David Anderson is seeking to move up to the state House of Representatives.

Mr. Anderson, a Republican who has served on the City Council since 2011, has formed a campaign committee to run for the 31st Representative District.

That seat is currently held by Democrat Sean Lynn who was first elected in 2014. He intends to run for a third term. Rep. Lynn garnered two-thirds of the vote in 2016.

Dover City Council is a nonpartisan body, but Mr. Anderson previously ran for Levy Court as a Republican. He received 31.7 percent of the vote in 2008, losing to Democrat Allan Angel.

Mr. Anderson was reelected to City Council in 2017, running unopposed.

He said he wants to help Delaware in the fields of job creation, drug addiction and education.

“We should be tackling the drug epidemic that is killing hundreds,” he wrote in an email. “Instead, we are pushing silly things like making Delaware a sanctuary state.

“We need more education money directed to the classroom. Instead, our state government proposes to insinuate itself into the basic issues of a child’s ‘gender identity’ while denying even notice to parents.”

Sean Lynn, D-Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Last month Mr. Anderson threatened a lawsuit against the state over a proposed regulation that would allow students to identify as a different gender without parental consent.

If elected, he said, he would push for smarter budgeting. Delaware’s results are not in line with its investments, Mr. Anderson saidd, noting the state spends more per capita than almost any other state.

According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Delaware spent $10,751 per person in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, more than every state except Alaska.

“We have no focus on ensuring we get the results that the people deserve,” Mr. Anderson said.

Updating government regulations will make it easier for businesses and nonprofits to find success, in turn improving the lives of Delawareans, he said.

In addition to City Council he serves on several other city boards and commissions.

The 31st Representative District covers most of Dover. It has 8,026 registered Democrats and 3,395 registered Republicans.

Staff writer Mike Finney also contributed to this article.

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