Dover resident Sam Chick announced his plans to run for state representative in the 31st District, a seat currently held by retiring state Rep. Darryl M. Scott.

Chick, a Republican, filed for the open seat this week and will hold a campaign kickoff on Sunday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fraizer’s Restaurant, 9 East Loockerman St., Dover. The event is free and open to the public.

“In today’s General Assembly, the concerns of the people of Delaware are often unheard and overrun by special interests and party politics. I will be an independent voice for Dover, ready to listen and promote responsible leadership in our government,” Chick stated in a press release sent to media on Thursday afternoon.

A lifelong Delawarean, he returned to the state in 2010 after a four-year enlistment in the United States Army, where he served as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, including a 13-and-a-half-month tour in Iraq. He now works as vice president of his family’s business, Chick’s Saddlery in Harrington and resides in Dover with his wife, Nicole.

Chick is a member of Rotary International, the American Legion, the United States Parachute Association, and Delaware Liberty & Independence Freefall Team. He also serves as treasurer of the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

Chick says he plans to emphasize education reform, economic prosperity, and responsible government in his campaign.

“In our schools, it’s time to kick bureaucracy out of the classroom and let teachers teach,” Chick stated. “Every school is different, and each student is unique. I believe that educators, parents, and local communities know best how to instruct their students and run their schools.

“We have much to do to re-establish Delaware as a center of job creation and to get the state on sound financial footing," he said. "The state government’s ever-growing debt and outstanding obligations, $14.5 billion at this time, are a drag on our economy and represent future tax increases on Delawareans. It's time to rein in overspending and achieve true economic recovery."

This will be Chick’s second bid for the elected position. He ran in 2012 against Scott after being nominated by the Republican Party to fill a candidate position that had been vacated late in the race.

Last week, Dover City Councilman Sean Lynn, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for the 31st District seat. According to the Kent County Department of Elections, Dover resident Ralph Taylor has also filed as a Democratic candidate for the seat.

The filing deadline is July 8. The primary election will be held Sept. 9, with the general election scheduled for Nov. 4.