Local farmer and businessman Jesse Vanderwende is running to represent the 35th District in the State House of Representatives. The Bridgeville Republican is seeking to replace 10-year veteran State Representative Dave Wilson, who announced on Friday that he will be running for the 18th District Senate Seat.
Mr. Vanderwende said Rep. Wilson approached him and asked him to consider running in the fall election. “I gave it a lot of thought and discussed it with my wife, Taylor, and other members of my family,” he said. “Earlier today I registered as a candidate at the Sussex County Department of Elections. I’m humbled to offer myself for consideration.”
Jesse Vanderwende is no stranger to public and community service. He is the past president and a current member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club; the past president of the Delaware Soybean Board; a member of the Delaware State Fair Board; and the current president of the Sussex County Farm Bureau.
The Vanderwende Family farms 4,000 acres in western Sussex County, cultivating watermelons, grains, sweet corn, and peas. They also have a dairy herd of 240 Holstein cows and raise chickens for Perdue. The Vanderwendes are perhaps best known for operating a retail and wholesale ice cream business with locations in Bridgeville, Greenwood, and Dewey Beach.
“Agriculture is Delaware’s top industry, and I want to be a part of boosting Delaware’s economy by not only focusing on ag, but all areas important to the 35th,” Mr. Vanderwende said. “Jobs, the education system, infrastructure, and public safety just to name a few. One of the reasons I decided to run is to be a voice in Dover that reflects the conservative values of the constiuents in the 35th District.”
The 35th Representative District is located in northwest and north-central Sussex County and includes the municipalities of Bridgeville, Greenwood, and a portion of Georgetown.
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