Dr. Kim Warfield of Dover has filed for election to the 17th District, running against Sen. Brian Bushweller.

The field of contenders for General Assembly seats representing Kent County has gotten a little more crowded.

Dover resident Kim Warfield on March 27 officially filed as the Republican candidate for the state’s 17th Senatorial district. That seat currently is held by Democratic Sen. Brian Bushweller, who has not yet formally announced re-election plans.

In a statement released April 4, Warfield said she will hold a campaign kickoff event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Disabled American Veterans office at 183 South State St., Camden.

The 17th representative district includes Dover and parts of central Kent County.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Warfield said she joined the New York City Police Department in July 1986 and retired as a detective in September 2000.

She has attended the College of New Rochelle, in New York, Harvard Divinity School, Palmer Theological Seminary and Faith-Way Bible College. She earned her Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Theology, and her Ph.D. in Christian Counseling and Christian Education.  

An ordained minister, she moved to Dover in August 2005.

Warfield began an outreach program in 2010, and is founder and chair of the board of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Delaware. She was instrumental in bringing Dr. Benjamin Carson to Dover in 2013 and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Star Parker in 2014.

Warfield said she also volunteers her time as a counselor at the Hope Medical Clinic and the Shepherd Place, a shelter for women and their families located in the 17th District.

“I’m running for office to continue the work I’ve been doing,” she said. “I believe in family values and initiated a First State Father's Program to acclimate fathers back into their home to be the head of their households.

“Part of that vision is the creation of an entrepreneurship program to create jobs in this district.”

Other initiatives include a women’s empowerment program to empower women as wives and mothers; mentoring children about everyday life and the importance of education; and creating transitional housing for homeless women and their families, including homeless veterans.

Warfield also serves as chaplain of the Republican Party of Delaware and oversees the Cultivating Wholeness and Restoration Ministries Inc. 

Warfield has garnered enthusiastic support from fellow Republicans in her first campaign for political office.

“Dr. Kim Warfield is a great candidate, and she’ll do very well,” said Kent County Republican party chairman Hank McCann. “She has a lot of support within her senatorial district, and I believe she’s the right person for the right time.”

For more information, or to RSVP for the kickoff event, contact kimwarfieldforsenate@gmail.com or call (302) 233-1676.