Another candidate has entered the campaign for the Sussex County District 5 seat.
Republican Rob Arlett, 47, of Frankford said he is running for office because people of integrity, principles and faith must be involved in the political process at all levels.
Among his goals are rebuilding the economy, instilling creative thinking and networking to bring jobs to Sussex, establishing a council code of ethics and restoring transparency to the use of council funds. He is also interested in renewal and attention to western Sussex. “I want to restore integrity to the political process,” Arlett said.
“There is not, nor will there be, any negative controversy, hidden agendas or character problems with my campaign or my desire to serve Sussex County,” he said.
Arlett moved to Frankford from Virginia in 2006 with his wife, Lorna, and their two children. He owns Beach Bound Realty and has served as vice chairman and chairman of the Sussex County Association of Realtors public policy committee; he is also a Delaware political action committee trustee. Arlett has served as Republican chairman of the 38th Representative District since last year.
He was a founding member and organizer for “Operation Seas the Day,” a community-based organization that provides a free beach week to 25 wounded warriors and their families near Bethany Beach. The son of a career U.S. Naval officer, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an intelligence specialist while attending George Mason University in Virginia. In that capacity he held a top secret security clearance.
The seat is currently held by Republican Vance Phillips of Laurel, who is seeking a fifth term. Republican Harry Orvin Strickler of Frankford and Democrats Bob Wheatley of Laurel and Brad Connor of Dagsboro have also filed for the District 5 seat.
District 5 extends from the Maryland line to the Atlantic Ocean, including the communities of Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millville, Millsboro, Selbyville and South Bethany.