State Rep. Kenton announces departure from House of Representatives, candidates file for seat

MILFORD – State Rep. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford, announced today he will not seek re-election when his current term expires this November.

“I will be 77-years-old by the time Election Day rolls around,” he said.  “After discussing it with my wife and colleagues, I’ve decided that it is time for me to pursue other interests.”

First elected in 2010, Harvey Kenton replaced long-time legislator V. George Carey in the 36th Representative District.  Since then, he has served four consecutive two-year terms in the lower chamber.

For the last six years, Rep. Kenton has been a member of the influential Joint Finance Committee that is responsible for crafting the state’s annual multi-billion-dollar operating budget.

“I have sponsored and co-sponsored many dozens of pieces of legislation that I think have improved the lives of my constituents and all Delawareans,” Rep. Kenton said.  “It has been a true honor to serve the people of my district and I have been humbled by the faith they have repeatedly shown in me.  I have always thought of myself as an average person who has had an extraordinary opportunity to serve the public.  I have no regrets about how the last eight years have unfolded and I feel blessed to have had this wonderful experience.”

A U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Harvey Kenton has worked in both agri-business and real estate. He recently enrolled in a college course at Delaware Technical and Community College.

Rep. Kenton joins a growing list of state representatives who have announced they will not be returning in the new 150th General Assembly.  State Reps. Charles “Trey” Paradee, Melanie George Smith, and Dave Wilson have also indicated they are not seeking re-election to their current seats.

Milford Mayor files for candidacy

Milford Mayor Bryan William Shupe announced his candidacy for the 36th District seat in the Delaware House of Representative following Rep. Kenton’s announcement Friday.

“I have given this opportunity much consideration and would be honored to continue serving my community and Sussex County at the State level,” said Mayor Shupe. “Representative Kenton has been a strong advocate for the 36th District and I am humbled to have his support during this campaign.”

“I have had the honor and privilege of serving the 36th District and the State of Delaware for the last eight years,” Representative Kenton stated in a press release from Mayor Shupe. “I am fully embracing Bryan Shupe as the candidate to lead in Dover where I have left off.”

Mayor Shupe was born and raised in Milford by William and Sheridan Shupe. After graduating from Milford High School, Bryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

For the next several years, he worked in Wilmington for a statewide political party and several statewide and local campaigns across the state. Mayor Shupe says he discovered his passion for public service and community.

This passion evolved to include a desire to improve the quality of life in Milford. With such passion in mind, he started his own business and created Milford Live. With his wife, Sherry Shaffer, by his side, Fur-Baby Boutique & Doggie Daycare opened in downtown Milford.

“Together, they shared a commitment and desire to serve their community,” his press release states.

Statewide, Mayor Shupe serves as the president of the Sussex County Association of Towns, member of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service and the Kent Economic Partnership.

Locally, Mayor Shupe serves on the board of directors for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club and volunteers and supports several local organizations including Downtown Milford Inc., Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Milford School District.

He served on the Milford City Council representing Ward I and as a member of the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Public Works Committees.

Mayor Shupe took office Saturday, April 26, 2014, with over 65 percent of the total vote count. He was sworn into office Monday, May 5, 2014, and is currently serving his second two-year term as mayor after running unopposed in 2016.

According to his press release, he “has been instrumental in driving successful economic development efforts in Sussex County including the creation of the new $315 million Bayhealth Sussex Campus, expansion of Nemours Pediatric hospital in Southern Delaware and the efforts of Nationwide Health Services to rehabilitate the current Bayhealth hospital on Clark Avenue in downtown Milford. Shupe will continue to be an advocate for increased access to specialized healthcare and education opportunities, more public transportation and the rehabilitation of infrastructure in Sussex County.”

Don Allan, Jr. files for candidacy

Donald Allan, Jr. has also filed for the 36th representative district. Native to the area, the 36-year-old now lives in Milton with wife Carrie and 3-year-old daughter Josie.

He stated on his website, “My focus, if elected, would be on ensuring that the middle class is being supported by our state and our country. I believe when the middle class prospers, America prospers. When the middle class is strong, the upper class is making money and those less fortunate have opportunities to better their lives.”

He states he currently works as a carpenter. “My job has, and continues to, span everything from sweeping floors to installing kitchen cabinets to managing large scale housing projects. I know what its like to come home everyday with bruised knuckles and aching feet.”

Continuing on his website, he explains, “I, like my grandfather, father, and many in our area, work in a blue collar job. I’m a carpenter, and have been since I started working weekends and summers with my Dad when I was 12 years old. My job has, and continues to, span everything from sweeping floors to installing kitchen cabinets to managing large scale housing projects. I know what its like to come home everyday with bruised knuckles and aching feet.”


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