Sen. Robert Venables says he plans to run for re-election in 2014.
“I am pleased to announce that, God willing, I will be a candidate in 2014 for re-election to the 21st District state senate seat I now hold," the Laurel Democrat said in a press release. "I believe that I have been able to make a positive contribution to the betterment of our area and the state of Delaware during my years in the Senate.”
Venables, 80, is a fulltime legislator who has served in the Senate since 1988. He said his service as co-chairman of the joint capital improvement committee, which writes the annual bond bill, puts him in a strong position to help Sussex County. “The capital bond bill allocates funding for, among other things, all state capital improvement projects, including new highways, schools, parks, public libraries and facilities at our institutions of higher education,” he said.
Venables is also co-chairman of the Senate small business committee. “Before I ever went to the state Senate, I spent decades helping to manage a family business here in Laurel. This experience, together with my years of experience on the joint bond committee and, more recently, as a member of the state’s infrastructure investment committee, has given me a lot of understanding of how our state’s economy works,” he said.
“I strongly believe that today we are at one of those watershed moments where we need to come together and work together for the good of our state and for a strong economic future that will help Delaware remain a wonderful place to live for generations to come,” Venables said.
Venables said if re-elected, he hopes to continue to help solve the problems and address the needs of his constituents. Venables represents residents of Laurel, Bethel, Blades, Seaford and Delmar.
“Although I am a Democrat, those who know me will agree with me when I say that I am probably among the most conservative members of the General Assembly. I am a strong supporter of family values, and I believe just as strongly in working together with everyone to build a better Delaware, regardless of politics,” he said.
For more information, call Venables at 302-875-9559.