Dover City Councilman Sean Lynn and city businessman Ralph Taylor, both Democrats, are looking to succeed Democratic incumbent 31st District state Rep. Darryl Scott, who has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. Whoever wins the primary on Tuesday will move on to face Republican Sam Chick in the Nov. 4 general election.

Q Why are you running for office?

LYNN I believe in Delaware: the value of teachers and public education; public safety, and the knowledge and security inherent in providing a safe home for your family; the goal of protecting and fostering our children; ensuring equality under the law for all, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation; promoting economic prosperity and job creation; and being a tireless, loud and unapologetic advocate for those I represent. As a Dover native, I know the many challenges that the future brings to Dover. As our city grows, we are at a crossroads – faced with the opportunity to secure Dover’s place as a thriving Mid-Atlantic city, coupled with the challenge of preserving our history and tradition, all the while ensuring we remain a viable, affordable and safe place to raise a family.

TAYLOR I’m running because everyone in the 31st District deserves a representative who puts the people first, one who will listen and put the needs of the community above his own. The 31st District deserves a leader who will not play politics with our lives and the lives of our children.

Q How has your background and experience prepared you for this office?

LYNN As a trained Delaware attorney, I am prepared from the first day on the job to work as your lawmaker. I have extensive experience in drafting legislation, together with a familiarity and working knowledge of the Delaware Code, the Delaware Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. In addition, I have served two terms as a Dover city councilman, where I was chairman of the city’s legislative, finance and administration committee. I am the only candidate for the 31st with not only the practical knowledge of being a lawmaker, but the actual experience.

TAYLOR My experiences as a police officer and a successful businessman have taught me that surrounding myself with diversity of all types is a necessity. I once read that when two people in business always agree, one of them is not necessary. It has prepared me to disagree with people but maintain the path to our common goals.

Q What promise are you willing to make to voters if elected?

LYNN Above all else, I take pride in being responsive and accessible to my constituents. From my time on Dover City Council, I’ve learned that listening to my neighbors, hearing their concerns and then promptly addressing them is the inherent and primary responsibility of being a public servant. I take great pride in answering phone calls and emails in a prompt and timely manner. That will remain my promise if elected to the General Assembly.

TAYLOR I promise to always honor the following: it’s not my seat but our seat. I will respect the opinions of our citizens. I will seek counsel from the community before any important/life-altering vote comes to the floor. I will strive to leave our community in better condition than when I arrived.