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Sussex County Republican Women's Club hosts Republican candidates

Jun 16, 2014
Source: Submitted The Republican candidates running for office who attended the Sussex County Republican Women's Club dinner are in back (l-r) Rep. Steve Smyk, District 20; Rep. Ron Gray, District 38; Sen. Ernie Lopez, District 6; Rep. Danny Short, District 39; Rep. Harvey Kenton, District 36; Rob Arlett, candidate for Sussex County Council, District 5; Bryant Richardson, senatorial candidate, District 21; Rep. Dave Wilson, District 35; Robert T. Lee, candidate for Sussex County Sheriff; Rep. Tim Dukes, District 40; and Sen. Gary Simpson, District 18. In front are State Auditor Tom Wagner; Cindy Green, register of wills; Rep. Ruth Briggs King, District 37; Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher; and County Councilman Vance Phillips, District 5.  Missing from photo are Sussex County Councilman George Cole; state treasurer candidate Ken Simpler; Sen. Gerald Hocker; Sen. Brian Pettyjohn; Orvin Strickler, candidate for County Council, District 5; Scott Dailey, recorder of deeds; and Rich Collins, candidate, 41st Representative District, who was represented by his wife.

At its recent meeting, the Sussex County Republican Women's Club hosted 22 Republican candidates, some of whom are running for office in the Delaware primary election Sept. 9. Members and guests had the opportunity to mingle with and speak to their candidates before dinner and eagerly listened as each took the podium and spoke to the audience, giving a snapshot of their platform and view for the upcoming election.

Notables such as Delaware senators Gary Simpson and Ernie Lopez, Sussex County Councilman George Cole, state treasurer candidate Ken Simpler, Sussex County sheriff candidate Robert T. Lee and 21st Senatorial District candidate Bryant Richardson attended the meeting. All of the candidates took time before dinner to answer questions in the informal setting and in general, charmed and chatted with the guests.

The office for Sussex County Council District 5 is being strongly contested by Rob Arlett and Orin Strickler, who are running against incumbent Vance Phillips for the seat. In another hotly contested race, Robert T. Lee is running against incumbent Jeff Christopher for Sussex County sheriff.

SCRWC President Alana Keeley said, “It was an honor for us to host so many of the women and men running for office to dedicate themselves to service on behalf of their constituents. It also was a great opportunity to see these dedicated people in a relaxed forum, informally chatting with our members and guests. It was a lovely and informative evening."

It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Women's Club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as advocates for the Republican Party's principles and empower women to participate in the political process.

For more information call Kelly Roberts, 302-945-4556 or go to

Pausing for the camera are (l-r) Sen. Ernie Lopez, District 6; Sussex County Councilman George Cole; SCRWC Second Vice President Suzanne Ervin, SCRWC President Alana Keeley and senatorial candidate District 5 Bryant Richardson. (Source: Submitted)
Some of those attending the SCRWC Meet the Candidates are (l-r) senatorial candidate District 21, Bryant Richardson; state treasurer candidate Ken Simpler; SCRWC Immediate Past President Gale White; SCRWC President Alana Keeley; Sen. Gary Simpson, District 18; and Rep. Harvey Kenton, District 36. (Source: Submitted)
Enjoying an after-dinner laugh together are (l-r) Rep. Danny Short, District 39; Rep. Harvey Kenton, District 36; Rep. Steve Smyk, District 20; Rep.Ruth Briggs King, District 37; Rep. Ron Gray, District 38; Rep. Tim Dukes, District 40 and  Rep. Dave Wilson, District 35. (Source: Submitted)
Delaware Federation of Republican Women Immediate Past President Mary Spicer, center, is joined by (l-r) state treasurer candidate Ken Simpler; Rep. Dave Wilson, District 35; State Auditor Tom Wagner; and Rep. Ron Gray, District 38. (Source: Submitted)
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