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  • Darryl Scott won't seek re-election to the Delaware House this November

  • Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover) announced Wednesday that he does not intend to seek re-election this year for the 31st representative district seat in the Delaware legislature.
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  • Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover) announced Wednesday that he does not intend to seek re-election this year for the 31st representative district seat in the Delaware legislature.
    Scott, age 50, cited personal reasons as his motivation behind not pursuing another term in the General Assembly.
    “The reason that I decided not to seek re-election is a combination of family and work obligations,” Scott said. “I need to step back and focus on those two aspects of my life. I can effectively serve until the end of term but beyond that point I won’t be able to manage it.”
    Scott began serving as a state representative in 2008; prior to that, he served as a member of the Capital School District Board of Education, a position he was elected to in 2005. Scott is currently the chair of the Education Committee and also sits on the House Health and Human Development, House Judiciary and House Telecommunication Internet and Technology committees.
    Upon stepping down from the legislature, Scott said his main priorities are to focus on his family and his work at Sitel, a business services company in which Scott is a director of account management.
    “Between now and June 30, I have a number of legislative objectives, such as repealing the death penalty. I’d like to advance that before I leave,” he said. “There are a couple other education initiatives I’m working with Deb Heffernan [(D- Edgemoor)] on, such as giving districts flexibility in how they spend the dollars we give them, and there is one I’m looking to introduce that would give districts the ability to raise tax rates without going to referendum.”
    Scott said, however, that he is not closing the door on public service entirely.
    “If an option presents itself in the future, maybe I’ll have the opportunity to serve in a similar fashion or in another way at some point,” he said.
    According to the Kent County Department of Elections, no one has filed yet to run for the open seat. Members of the Delaware House of Representatives hold two-year terms. The deadline to file as a candidate is Tuesday, July 8 at noon. For more information, visit the Kent County Department of Elections website at electionskc.delaware.gov.
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