GOP candidate announces run for state House in 35th District

DOVER — Sussex County Farm Bureau President Jesse Vanderwende, a Republican, announced Monday he is running for the 35th Representative District’s open seat.

The incumbent in the district, Rep. Dave Wilson, a Bridgeville Republican, announced last week he is seeking the 18th Senatorial District post. Rep. Wilson has held the seat for nine years.

Jesse Vanderwende

“Agriculture is Delaware’s top industry, and I want to be a part of boosting Delaware’s economy by not only focusing on ag, but all areas important to the 35th,” Mr. Vanderwende said in a statement. “Jobs, the education system, infrastructure and public safety just to name a few. One of the reasons I decided to run is to be a voice in Dover that reflects the conservative values of the constituents in the 35th District.”

He said Rep. Wilson urged him to run for the seat.

A local farmer, Mr. Vanderwende is a former president of the Delaware Soybean Board.

The Vanderwende family farms 4,000 acres in western Sussex County, growing watermelons, grains, sweet corn and peas. They also have a dairy herd of 240 Holstein cows and raise chickens for Perdue.

The 35th Representative District covers northwest Sussex, including Greenwood, Bridgeville and a part of Georgetown. It is one of eight House districts where there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, with the GOP holding the edge 5,893 to 5,727.

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