Stell Parker Selby files to run for RD 20 seat

June 23, 2022

Lifelong Delawarean Esthelda Parker Selby filed June 23 to run as a Democrat to represent District 20 residents in the Delaware House of Representatives. This seat is open since the Republican incumbent has announced his candidacy for Delaware Senate in the 6th District.

In her announcement speech at the Jason Technology Building at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, Parker Selby said, “Before I get into the heart of why I am running, I want to state that I am very concerned about the quality of life in our area. I have been hearing from my neighbors about the heavy traffic, clean water, the inordinate amount of time to get an appointment with a medical specialist, and how hard it is for our teachers, healthcare employees and other service workers to find affordable homes near their work. I am also concerned about our schools and community safety. Additionally, I want to address the growing senior population needs. So why am I running? As a lifetime Sussex Countian, career educator in the Cape Henlopen School District and community leader, I am committed to being the voice of the people in RD20, who will address their issues and concerns in a thoughtful and professional manner.

Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said, “In the decades that I’ve known Stell Parker Selby and had the privilege of calling her a friend, she has occupied a position of stature in our community as a result of her hard work, her devotion to education and her commitment to public service. Stell is a good person; she understands what it means to overcome adversity, and she knows what’s important to the people of the Cape Region. The residents of the 20th District would be fortunate to have her as their voice in Dover.”

Joe Sakaduski, RD20 Democratic Committee chair, said, “Stell, as our representative, will bring another Democrat to the table from Sussex County to fight for us in Legislative Hall. Without her voice, things will not change for the better.”

Bill Collick, former head football coach at Delaware State University, dean of students and head football coach at Sussex Technical High School and later at Cape Henlopen High School, said, “Esthelda’s experience, her interpersonal skills, grace and knowledge for what is just and right will bring integrity and service to and for all constituents in the RD 20 area.”

Parker Selby is very familiar with southern Delaware, as she is a native and served as a teacher and administrator for more than 30 years in the Cape Henlopen School District. Following her retirement, she was elected to a five-year term on the Cape Henlopen school board, during which she served as vice president and president.

A longtime Milton resident, Parker Selby was elected in 2014 to Milton Town Council, where she served as a council member and vice mayor. Parker Selby was born in Milford, and raised in Lewes and Milton. She has two sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The 20th House District includes parts of the Lewes, Milton and Belltown areas of Sussex County.

Editor’s note: This is a submitted press release. 

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