Popular Sussex County Councilman Running For US Senate

Wilmington – After months of speculation and urging from his supporters, Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, today, announced that he is running for the United States Senate.

In the first of three stops, one in each Delaware county, Arlett, along with local community and religious leaders spoke to a crowd gathered at the Christina Park in Wilmington.

Just yards away from an old ironworks building, the park was ideal location for Arlett’s message of “Delaware needs more jobs”.

While the announcement was short, due to his three stops in one day schedule, Arlett did touch on religion, jobs, unions, the homeless, career politicians and working with Senators from across the isle to do what’s important for Delaware, not just the party.

When Arlett, who is running as a Republican, was asked how he would separate himself from the national party, he said let’s talk about immigration. Arlett said he supports legal immigration, pointing out that his wife, Lorna, (wearing sunglasses in image below) is a legal immigrant.  He went onto say that he supports ‘The Wall” along the border, adding that he wants a door in the wall to allow immigrants into the country legally.

Arlett will face Gene Truono, another Republican who announced his bid for the seat in February, in the upcoming Republican primary.

“I welcome him into the race. Although we both represent a conservative perspective, the foundation of my platform is the Constitution and states rights. I will work for all the people in the state of Delaware. I think voters will see a clear difference between the two of us, and I look forward to the opportunity to participate in debates focused on the key issues that impact Delaware and our Nation throughout the Primary.

I’m committed to campaigning full time, as I have been doing since I filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in November. I feel confident that I have and will continue to develop relationships with the voters as I continue to stress the importance of bringing conservative principles to Washington. I look forward to the upcoming State GOP convention on April 28th.”, said Truono, reacting to Arlett’s announcement.

A third republican candidate, Chuck Boyce, dropped out of the race citing health concerns.

Arlett is scheduled to make two more stops today one at Legislative Hall in Dover and finally On the Circle in Georgetown.

Rob Arlett was elected to represent the Fifth Council District of Sussex County in 2014. During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, he served as President Trump’s Delaware state campaign chairman.

The owner of a Delaware-based real estate company since 2010, Councilman Arlett attended George Mason University and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an Intelligence Specialist, according to his website.

He and his wife, the parents of two sons, reside in coastal Sussex County near West Fenwick.

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