On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, citizens headed to the polls to vote in the state primary election. In the 33rd District House of Representatives race, Charles S. Postles, Jr. was elected in the Republican primary by a 45.21 percent margin with 683 votes, edging out Robert Scott with 35.42 percent (536 votes) and Morgan Hudson with 19.37 percent (292 votes). Mr. Postles will face Democrat Karen Wilson in November.
“I want to thank those who came out and voted on Tuesday,” Mr. Postles said. “This election in November is important on the state level as well as nationally. I encourage citizens to educate themselves about the candidate that will help return Delaware to a strong economic community.” Mr. Postles is running on a platform of smaller, less intrusive government and economic development that protects the environment yet adds jobs in the area. He would like to reduce some of the regulations that have been placed on government expansion as well as to reduce energy costs in the state to attract more businesses to the area.
Karen Williams, the Democratic candidate for the seat, hopes to focus on education. She believes that Delaware needs to invest more in classroom learning and embrace cutting technology in the education field. She also believes that Delaware has fallen behind in economic development.
“I am committed to supporting small business in the 33rd district,” Ms. Williams said. “This allows our children to stay in the community after high school or college, choosing to raise their children with the same core values that our community shares. I will support progressive policies that yield pro-growth returns. This includes initiatives that reward young entrepreneurs who choose to set up shop in the 33rd.” Ms. Williams would also like to address infrastructure, agriculture, the environment and the current opioid epidemic in the area.
Mr. Postles and Ms. Williams are vying for the seat previously held by the late Representative Jack Peterman. Representative Peterman had chosen not to run for the House again and passed away in August 2016.
In the 35th House of Representatives race, Republican David L. Wilson was elected by a margin of 69.21 percent with 1,193 votes, beating challenger Robert D. Mitchell who received 30.79 percent with 545 votes. Mr. Wilson will challenge Gary Wolfe in November.
“Thank you to the citizens of the 35th District for continuing to place your faith in me,” Representative Wilson said. “I am humbled by your support and honored to be your state representative. I look forward to a spirited campaign ahead as the General Election is less than eight weeks away.” Representative Wilson first began serving in the House of Representatives in 2008. Representative Wilson said that his focus in the General Assembly will be on the budget, saying that it will be tough to balance in the upcoming year. There will be a new governor and he feels that the General Assembly should work together with the Governor’s office in order to keep Delaware as great as it is.
Gary Wolfe, the Democratic candidate for the 35th District, said that he believes he is the candidate who will look at issues with a new focus.
“When I was approached about running for the 35th Representative seat, I was hesitant at first as my family reminded me of the time commitments needed and the fact that I would be facing an incumbent well known in the district,” Mr. Wolfe said. “The reason I still accepted the nomination was I believe the 35th deserves a representative who can look at issues the state is facing with a new focus. One that works to improve the lives of ALL groups in Delaware. With legislation on the table relating to education, job creation, family leave and campaign finances, I fell I have a unique perspective I can bring to the table in Dover.”
The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Polls are open from 7 AM until 8 PM.
To see full Primary Election results visit https://new.delawarelive.com/ML/2016/09/13/de-local-primary-election-results/
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