Arlett kicks off U.S. senate campaign

GEORGETOWN – First-term Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett is looking to climb the political ladder to the federal rung as Delaware’s next United States senator.

Rob Arlett, flanked by wife Lorna, addresses supporters at his Sussex County kickoff in his U.S. senate campaign.

“My name is Rob Arlett, and I will be the next United States senator from the great state of Delaware,” he pledged to a gathering of family, friends and colleagues late Monday afternoon on The Circle.

At his Sussex County campaign kickoff, Mr. Arlett, a Republican from Frankford, pledged to bring common sense, family values, faith and non-partisan politics to Washington, D.C. on behalf of all Delawareans.

“This is about family. This is about convictions. This is about principles. This is about you. This is about the great people of the great state of Delaware,” said Mr. Arlett. “That’s what this is about.”

He admits it will not be an easy task.

Mr. Arlett in this November’s General Election is seeking to win the senate seat held since 2001 by Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware’s senior senator. A Democrat, Sen. Carper has been in elected office – state or federal – since 1976, America’s Bicentennial.

“It is time that some people in office retire. It is time that they start listening to you, the people, the boss,” said Mr. Arlett. “It is time for a change. It is time to place the focus on the people, not blue versus red.”

Rob Arlett, left, is seeking the U.S. senate seat held by Sen. Thomas Carper, right, since 2001.

“Certainly, it is a large undertaking,” said Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent, R-Seaford, “We all understand that. It’s going to be a lot of work on everybody’s part and hopefully we’ll all support him. It has been a pleasure to work on council with Rob and I am sure he’s going to do a good job when he gets to Washington.”

“Some people have said, ‘Are you crazy Rob? You’re going against Sen. Carper, that big machine in a blue state.’ I think you all know that I am a little crazy. Ask my wife. I have been asked and after many months of contemplating and praying and thinking we are now acting on that,” said Mr. Arlett. “This is not easy. Mike Vincent shared that. This is not an easy task. We don’t live in the world of fear. This has been a journey of faith for us. We’re doing what I think God wants us to do, truth be told.”

Mr. Arlett, who won the 5th District county council seat in the 2014 election, pledged he will not play partisan politics.

“I think my fellow Republicans would agree that I don’t agree with all things that they do. Isn’t that what you want from an elected official? Or do want somebody that is always going to vote party line each and every single time and not even think about you or what you desire? That’s what we have across the corridor over there; somebody that has been in office for 42 years. I’m 51 for God’s sake,” said Mr. Arlett. “Do you all think it is time for the next generation to step up and lead this state? We can’t keep doing the things that we have always done because it isn’t working. It’s failing. We’re going to bring back common sense to the equation, focus back on the people and I want to bring Delaware back to being No. 1.”

Colleagues chimed in.

“Not only is he a friend but he is man of faith,” said State Rep. Tim Dukes, R-Laurel. “As I have watched him serve as a county councilman; even before that I realized that Rob was a fighter. He believes in fighting for the things that he feels in his heart, what is right, and he is not afraid to go against what is popular when he wants to do what is right. I thought about the late Roberto Clemente, who said, ‘Any time that you have the opportunity to do something good and you don’t you’re wasting your time on earth.’ I can tell you that Rob Arlett will not waste his time on earth.”

“One of the things that I really respect about Rob is he understands that government is not the solution to every problem, and that is something that is just entirely too rare in government these days,” said State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro. “I think the people of Delaware are just about to wake up and realize the path we’ve been pursuing the last few years has not really taken us where we want to go.”

“Your strong family values and your belief in God are what we really need,” said State Rep. Ron Gray, R-Selbyville.

“There are some things lacking in Washington, D.C., and that’s enough godly men there,” said State Sen. Bryant Richardson, R-Seaford. “Rob is fighter and I expect him to win this race. In every meeting that I attend where you’re a speaker you mention God and family first. That’s the kind of leadership that we need in D.C. We’ve got to drain that swamp.”

“I like to think that I bring a little stability to the process, with a smile and hard work and energy and effort,” said Mr. Arlett. “This is a partnership. This is not my campaign. This is your campaign. This is not my voice. This is your voice. Let’s make Delaware great again.”

Also running

Another Republican, New Castle County businessman Gene Truono, is seeking the U.S. senate seat, while Kerri Harris, a community activist from Kent County, is also seeking the Democratic nod.

Two senate candidates who have officially filed are Green Party candidate Demitri Theodoropoulos of Newark, and Libertarian Party candidate Nadine Frost of Wilmington.

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