Well, it’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting election season. The national struggle for political power will garner much of the attention across these fruited plains, but things here in Sussex County are looking to get interesting, as well.
With incumbent County Council Republicans Rob Arlett (District 5, now running for U.S. Senate) and George Cole (District 4, declining to run) not in the mix, there will be a huge shakeup for our local representation. Republicans Douglas Hudson and George Parish will square off in a primary to face Democrat Paulette Ann Rappa for the District 4 seat, and Republicans Kevin Christophel and John Riely will primary against one another to face Democrat Ellen Magee for District 5.
Our state representative seats will also see elections this year, as Democrat Meghan Kelly will run against incumbent Ron Gray in the 38th District, while Democrat Brad Connor will reprise his role as challenger from two years ago against incumbent Republican Rich Collins in the 41st.
Even longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will face a primary challenge this year in Kerri Harris of Dover, while Arlett, Eugene Truono and Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente will hold a Republican primary to face the winner of Carper’s race.
Buckle up, Sussex Countians. This could get bumpy.