Wheatley files run for 21st District Senate Seat

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley files with the Department of Elections as a candidate for the 21st District Senate seat.

GEORGETOWN – Surrounded by friends, family members and a bevy of supporters, Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley this week filed with the Department of Elections to run for the 21st District Senate seat.

The district includes the city of Seaford, towns of Blades, Delmar and Laurel and surrounding areas.

A Democrat and fiscal conservative, Mr. Wheatley is a long-time member of the Sussex County’s Planning and Zoning Commission and experienced advocate of job creation, a successful businessman and a commercial Realtor.

Mr. Wheatley says these unique qualifications he will take to Dover, if elected by the people of the 21st district this November.

“Western Sussex County needs an advocate capable of capturing the attention and imagination of State government, one who can articulate a vision and a hope for western Sussex County and rally the resources to improve the lives of the people of the 21st District. We certainly pay enough. Let’s get our money’s worth,” said Mr. Wheatley. “My professional, public, and volunteer roles bring me in frequent contact with the various state agencies that affect our lives and with the people who create and fund those agencies. More importantly, it puts me in touch with the people these agencies and individuals serve.”

Mr. Wheatley has been a resident of western Sussex County all of his adult life, making his home first in Seaford and then in Laurel. A former honors student at Salisbury University, he owned and operated The Whayland Company, a commercial contracting firm in Delmar and Laurel, which he sold in 2013 to concentrate on real estate and public service.

He was appointed to the Planning and Zoning commission by former Sussex County Council President Dale Dukes in 1994 and has been reappointed seven times, most recently in 2016 by council president Mike Vincent.

In 2013 Wheatley was appointed as the Sussex County Public Member to the board of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers and reappointed in 2017. He also serves on the board of directors for the Bank of Delmarva and is the chairman of the bank’s regulatory compliance committee.

Mr. Wheatley is involved in several community service organizations, including The Ark Educational Resource Center, a faith-based private non-profit providing tutoring services for school-age children from Greenwood to Delmar, and the Seaford and Laurel Lions Clubs.

Mr. Wheatley and wife Beckett Mitchell Wheatley live near Laurel and are active members of Centenary United Methodist Church. Wheatley’s daughter Emily L. Wheatley, Esquire is an attorney with State of Delaware Superior Court and lives in Rehoboth Beach.

The 21st District seat is currently held by Republican Bryant Richardson of Seaford, who defeated longtime state senator Robert Venables, a Democrat from Laurel, in the 2014 election.

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