Schwartzkopf aims for fifth term in House

State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf will again run for his seat as state representative in the 14th district. He has been elected to the position since four times since 2002 and is currently House Majority Leader.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Schwartzkopf moved to the Ocean View area when he was 12 and attended Lord Baltimore Elementary School and graduated from Indian River High School in 1972. He was a Bethany Beach lifeguard for six years. He went to Delaware Technical and Community College and was a state trooper for 25 years, including four years as captain of Troop 7. He also owned a countertop manufacturing business in Selbyville.

Schwartzkopf explained that he got his start in politics when there was a new district formed when Districts 37 and 38 were split and District 14 up north was closed down.

“I live in the middle, so I decided to run,” noted Schwartzkopf. “Republicans were in the majority and cut the town of Dewey Beach,” he added of the redistricting process.

Scwartzkopf said the City of Lewes was also cut out, and those change made residents of Dewey Beach have to go down to Bethany Beach to vote.

“The party was charged with re-districting but did it very politically, and I don’t think it was supposed to work like that.”

He said if he “has anything to do with it,” Dewey Beach will again come into the 14th District, so they will not have to travel to Bethany Beach to vote.

Besides redistricting, he said the economy, education, a balanced budget and environmental concerns, as well as growth and development, are top issues to him.

More than 250 people recently joined Schwartzkopf at Bethany Blues for the first fundraiser of his re-election campaign to the 14th District seat in the General Assembly. The hosts of the event were Bethany Blues owners Steve Montgomery and Jim Weisgerber. Music was provided by members of the Tim Laushey Orchestra.

Representatives from Schwartzkopf’s campaign said a number of guests from the manufactured home communities were in attendance, to show their appreciation of the work Schwartzkopf has done on their behalf in Legislative Hall.

Elected officials in attendance included State Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter, Speaker of the House Bob Gilligan, State Sen. George Bunting, House Majority Whip Valerie Longhurst, 41st District Rep. John Atkins, Register of Wills Greg Fuller and Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver.

Schwartzkopf thanked the crowd for their support and assured them he would continue to work for them in the 146th General Assembly.

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