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.

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

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