GOP candidate announces his campaign for state Senate seat

Jason Stewart

DOVER — Republican Jason Stewart said Wednesday he is running for the 17th Senatorial District seat.

Incumbent Sen. Brian Bushweller, D-Dover, is not seeking re-election next year.

Rep. Trey Paradee, D-Cheswold, is running for the seat, and Republican Donyale Hall has formed a committee allowing her to raise funds for a campaign.

Mr. Stewart, a native of Kent County, is a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School and a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve who served in Iraq.

After returning from Iraq in 2010, Mr. Stewart joined the Inter-Con Security team of the U.S. Department of State for uniformed diplomatic security, where his duties included planning security arrangements for federal officials and leaders from other countries.

He currently attends Wilmington University full-time, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Mr. Stewart is a commissioner of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, vice chairman of Delaware’s 34th Republican Representative District, Kent County representative of the Delaware Veterans Coalition and secretary of Wilmington University’s Military Veteran Student Organization.

“I want to earn the right to be called a public servant and initiate positive change in Delaware,” he said in a statement.

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 31,100 registered voters in the district are Democrats, making it the most Democratic senatorial district in Kent and Sussex counties.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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