Jeff Cragg, a business owner from Brandywine Hundred, toured the state Tuesday announcing his candidacy for governor.


Cragg, who will represent Delaware’s Republican Party in November, is running alongside Milford business owner Sher Valenzuela, who announced her bid for lieutenant governor as well, Tuesday.


Jeff Cragg, a business owner from Brandywine Hundred, toured the state Tuesday announcing his candidacy for governor.

Cragg, who will represent Delaware’s Republican Party in November, is running alongside Milford business owner Sher Valenzuela, who announced her bid for lieutenant governor as well, Tuesday.

The two made job creation their main focus when speaking to supporters on the steps of Legislative Hall in Dover. In large print across Cragg’s campaign truck, the number 30,611 acted as the candidates’ backdrop. A number represents the state’s total unemployed, Cragg said.

“We’re here to challenge the Democratic administration,” he said. “I’m here to challenge the governor. We are here to challenge the very questionable decisions the governor and his administration have made. We are here to provide leadership and better choices for Delawareans.”

Cragg said state resources need to be used for helping small businesses grow rather than attracting large corporations.

“We want Fisker in Delaware. We need those jobs,” he said. “That said, if we spent the resources and time hunting for jobs and bring no jobs to Delaware, you don’t blame the elephant — in this case, Fisker — you blame the hunter’s strategy and the hunter’s effectiveness.”

Valenzuela, who co-owns First State Manufacturing in Milford, told supporters she was not speaking as a politician, but a mother and a businesswoman.

“I’m simply someone who stepped up because I saw a train that was headed down the wrong track, headed toward a train wreck,” she said.

She agreed with Cragg that small business owners need help staying in business.

“They need our help to keep their doors open,” she said. “They need our help to grow. They don’t need our help putting new regulations in front of their doorsteps every day when they’re already struggling to keep their doors open.”

The lieutenant gubernatorial candidate said crime is another key topic in Delaware that needs to be addressed.

“Four years ago, I never heard the phrase home invasion. Did you? It’s a new term,” she said. “We see it weekly in the newspaper right now. We don’t just see it in crime-ridden communities. We see it up and down the state in formerly safe communities.

I’m concerned that my kids are no longer safe to play in the front yard or walk to school.”

Aside from Dover, the pair visited Millsboro, Lincoln and Elsmere Tuesday.

“Starting tomorrow, Sher and I will visit small businesses up and down the state exploring ways to keep their businesses open. In this campaign, there’s a contrast. We are the real candidates. We know the reality of making a payroll, building a business and employing Delawareans.”