Legislative aide announces candidacy for Dover City Council

DOVER — Dover resident Tanner Polce said Sunday he intends to run for city council’s 1st District.

Mr. Polce, 25, is seeking the seat currently held by James L. Hutchison Sr.

City leaders, Mr. Polce said, have failed to address several key issues, including crime. Dover has seen a spike in violent crime in recent years, with frequent reports of drugs and guns being involved.

“I’m running to give this community a voice as we get our city on track,” he wrote in a letter to supporters. “I’m proud of our city, but I’ve watched old problems, from infrastructure to chronic homelessness, ignored time after time. And as our growth creates entirely new challenges, I know that it’s time to add a fresh perspective to city government.”

Tanner Polce

Mr. Polce works as a legislative aide for the Senate Democrats and as an instructor at Wesley College.

He has been endorsed by several Democratic state representatives from the Dover area, as well as Councilman Roy Sudler.

“Tanner brings an enormous amount of energy, vision, tenacity, and policy knowledge to the job,” Rep. Sean Lynn, a former city councilman, said in a statement.

“These qualities are exactly what the city of Dover needs to combat the ongoing violence and crime we are currently facing. I’ve worked alongside Tanner in Legislative Hall, and I’ve seen him bring together diverse communities and build consensus on tough issues. I wholeheartedly endorse him, and am proud support his campaign.”

City council elections will be held April 18.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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