Key local races in Sept. 13 primary

Voters will decide winners in county council, two row offices, Senate District 6 races
September 8, 2022

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 13, to make decisions in several key primaries in Sussex County, including Republican primaries in races for the District 5 Sussex County Council seat, Sussex County Recorder of Deeds and Sussex County Register of Wills.

No Democrats have filed in the general election for the two Sussex row offices. Democrat Billy Edwards of Georgetown will face the winner of the District 5 primary in the general election.

In the hotly contested District 5 race, one-term incumbent John Rieley of Millsboro is being challenged by Keller Hopkins of Georgetown, who has served as an appointed member of Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission for six years.

In the register of wills primary, incumbent Ellen Magee of rural Selbyville is being challenged by Greg Fuller of Lincoln, who served in the office from 2008-10, and Candice Green Wilkinson of Ellendale, the daughter of District 2 Sussex County Councilwoman Cindy Green. Magee was appointed to the position by Gov. John Carney in January 2021 when former Register of Wills Cindy Green won the county council seat.

In the recorder of deeds primary, three-term incumbent Scott Dailey of Lewes is challenged by Alexandra Reed Baker of Harbeson.

There are two seats up for grabs with local interest in the Democrat primary. In Senate District 6, John “Jack” Bucchioni of Milton and Russ Huxtable of Lewes are vying for a chance to face Republican Steve Smyk of Milton in the general election. Smyk has served as 20th District representative for 10 years.

The seat was vacated when Republican Sen. Ernie Lopez of Lewes announced his retirement.

In the Democrat primary for auditor of accounts, incumbent Kathy McGuiness of Rehoboth Beach is challenged by Lydia York of Wilmington. The winner will face Republican Janice Lorrah of Hockessin in the general election.

Polls are open Sept. 13 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For a list of polling locations, go to:


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