Kent County employee Morris files to run for 30th District seat

William ‘Shannon’ Morris

DOVER — Republican William “Shannon” Morris has filed to run for the 30th Representative District seat.

Mr. Morris will seek to replace Rep. Bobby Outten, a Republican who has held the office since 2004 and is retiring.

“I’d be honored to continue Bobby Outten’s legacy in the House of Representatives,” Mr. Morris, 43, said in a statement. “Given some of the things that are happening in state government, I think a viewpoint formed by conservative values is needed more than ever.

“I will carry on Bobby Outten’s tradition of conservative values, accessibility and service to the constituents of the 30th district.”

He said he will promote agriculture, public safety, education, gun rights and limited government.

A lifelong Delawarean, he currently works for Kent County as the chief code enforcement officer and is president of the Delaware Building Officials Association.

The district has 5,200 Democrats, 5,700 Republicans and 4,500 independent voters. It covers the southwest corner of Kent County, including Harrington.

Democrat Charles Groce, who garnered 29.3 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful challenge to Rep. Outten in 2016, is also running.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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