Two candidates announce bids for Kent legislative seats

DOVER — Two candidates have joined the races for Kent County legislative seats.

Camden Mayor Justin King announced Monday he is running for the 17th Senatorial District, while Caesar Rodney School Board member William Bush has filed for the 29th Representative District.

Both seats will be open next year: Sen. Brian Bushweller, D-Dover, is not seeking a fourth term, and Rep. Trey Paradee, D-Cheswold, is running for the Senate post.

A Republican, Mr. King is the third member of his party to file for the office, after Jason Stewart and Donyale Hall. He is in his second term as mayor and was previously on Camden Town Council.

A small-business owner, he is a graduate of Wilmington University and serves on the Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Greater Kent Committee.

“Central Kent County deserves a senator who is experienced in running a government responsibly, who brings new ideas to the table and who knows how to bring jobs home,” Mr. King said in a statement.

Mr. Bush is a lawyer who works for the House of Representatives Democratic caucus and was legal counsel to former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and an attorney for Clayton and Wyoming.

He obtained his law degree from Widener University School of Law and currently is a member of Delaware Technical Community College’s Board of Trustees.

The 17th Senatorial District covers Dover and the Camden-Wyoming area and has been represented by Sen. Bushweller since 2008. About 16,100 of the 31,200 registered voters in the district are Democrats.

The 29th Representative District has a plurality of Democratic voters, with 7,600 out of 17,300 total voters. The district covers the Cheswold area. Rep. Paradee has held the seat since 2012.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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