Sussex County Councilman Arlett working with Trump inaugural group


Sussex County Councilman and Presidential Inaugural Committee member Rob Arlett, third from left, stands with President-elect Donald Trump. Also pictured are Mr. Arlett’s son Jared and wife, Lorna. (Submitted photo/Rob Arlett)

DOVER — On Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief of the United States. Until then, a group of loyal supporters will be hard at work planning the official inauguration ceremony.

Among them is Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett.

Mr. Arlett, who served as the Trump campaign’s Delaware chair, has been assisting the Presidential Inaugural Committee for about a month, serving as the national municipal government liaison. In that role, he works with counties, cities and towns, helping local governments that have questions related to the inauguration.

Topics could include obtaining tickets to the official swearing-in, the parade or formal balls, as well as where to stay.

“I certainly want to make Sussex County and Delaware proud in our effort to make this a historic event,” he said.

While Delaware voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, President-elect Trump won Kent and Sussex counties.

Sussex in particular has a large number of supporters of the controversial Republican — he received nearly three-quarters as many votes in Sussex as in New Castle, even though two-and-a-half times as many people voted in the state’s northernmost county.

Mr. Arlett, who believes he is the only Delawarean on the team, will undoubtedly be joined at the swearing-in by some people from the state. The 912 Delaware Patriots, for instance, will be sending at least one bus to Washington Jan. 20.

As a local government liaison, Mr. Arlett frequently works with the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities. It is, he said, “a bucket of responsibilities.”

He’s been driving back and forth to Washington frequently, and while the work includes some 12-hour days, Mr. Arlett is thrilled to be part of it.

“It is an honor,” he said. “I can’t say this opportunity comes across one’s desk every day.”

The benefits of serving on the committee are not entirely abstract — there is some payment, Mr. Arlett said.

Although he has not dealt directly with the president-elect while planning the inauguration, he met the businessman at his April visit to Harrington a few days before Delaware’s presidential primary. Mr. Arlett greeted Mr. Trump as he arrived at the site, and he spoke briefly to the crowd before the candidate himself did.

He’s excited about the cabinet picks named by President-elect Trump, calling them “very symbolic and very representative of his election and his messaging through the election.”

For Mr. Arlett, who said that when he joined the campaign last winter he wanted to visit the inauguration and a ball with his wife if Mr. Trump won, it’s been more than he could have hoped.

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