Atkins files for re-election to 41st District representative seat


State Rep. John Atkins (D-Millsboro) recently filed for re-election to his seat as a representative for the 41st District, in this November’s elections. Atkins said his campaign platform is and always will be “constituent services.”

“I return phone calls. I am accessible. I am a hands-on legislator,” he said this week. “I look at community issues. I am out during storms with DelDOT officials. I make sure my constituents are taken care of.”

Atkins said he believes there are only “two or three issues where people really watch how you vote,” and he reiterated that he believes his main position is constituent services.

Atkins said he is especially proud of his work on the Young Farmer’s Program, which sets aside money each year for young farmers, ages 18-40, and recent improvements made to railroad intersections in Frankford and Millsboro.

“You have got a district where there are unique issues to certain people,” he explained. “I literally got hundreds of contacts from people in Frankford regarding that railroad crossing. And while it might not matter as much to somebody in Millsboro, it matters to the people in Frankford. We contacted the railroad company and were able to convince them that it was a priority.”

He said other bills he was proud to be a part of include getting a checkbox on tax returns so people can donate directly to Home of the Brave, a shelter for homeless veterans in Milford, of which he is a sponsor. He said he also helped pushed through a 25-year retirement for corrections officers, saying there previously wasn’t a retirement number and “years of work in the corrections environment can wear on you.”

Atkins is currently the chair of the House Agriculture Committee and vice-chair of the Veteran’s Committee.

“People know me, and I know them. I am hands-on and would be honored to go back to Dover to continue to serve them,” he said.

Atkins is being challenged for the 41st District seat by Rich Collins, also of Millsboro, who is executive director of the Positive Growth Alliance.

Atkins said people can find him on Facebook, where he engages his followers on different issues each day.