Shirley Price, former Delaware state representative and local Realtor, announced last week that she plans to file to run for the District 4 seat on the Sussex County Council.
“The opportunity presented itself,” said Price. “I think I can bring a lot to the table with all my experience in the community and state government. I think I’m going to bring a lot of positives.”
The District 4 seat is currently held by George Cole, who has been serving on council for 28 years. The district includes the area of the Inland Bays, including the communities of and/or areas near Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Long Neck, Henlopen Acres, Millville, Oak Orchard, Ocean View and Rehoboth Beach.
Cole said that, at this time, he is “leaning toward not running” for re-election but that he will decide in the spring.
Price served the 38th District in the state House of Representatives for six years, and she said she is looking forward to potentially serving her friends and neighbors again.
“I enjoy it. I take the responsibility very seriously. I think constituent service is just paramount. That’s what most people look to elected officials for — to help them understand and help them with issues they find themselves in.”
She said that she’s always loved public service, having served the community in numerous ways, from being a Girl Scout leader for 20 years to a board member of the Friends of the South Coastal Library.
“I was speaking to a woman just the other day who asked me, ‘How can you do this? It’s the most thankless job,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘There are people who are unhappy with what you do, but there are so many people whose lives you have the chance to touch.’ You can’t fix everything, but at least let them know that someone cares and listens.
“That’s what it’s all about — helping people.”
She said that one focus of her campaign will be land use and how it affects the county, and those in District 4.
“Land use is an important issue in Sussex County. I’m looking forward to learning more about land-use ordinances,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to meeting people. I know a lot about state government and how that works. In that I had to learn a bit about the county.”
Price said she plans to hold two campaign kick-off parties, north and south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, later this year and meet those residents she hopes to serve.
“I’m excited to be back on the campaign trail again and getting a chance to meet people,” she said. “I always love to meet people, and I love to help people. Public service is in my heart.”
According to the Sussex County Department of Elections, as of Coastal Point’s Wednesday deadline, no candidates had officially filed to run for the District 4 seat.