Dover City Council member Sean M. Lynn has announced plans to run for the 31st District House of Representatives seat held by retiring Rep. Darryl Scott.

Dover City Council member Sean M. Lynn on March 7 announced plans to run for the Delaware General Assembly seat now held by retiring state Rep. Darryl M. Scott.

Scott, a 50-year-old Democrat, has represented Delaware’s 31st District since 2008, when he defeated Republican Nancy Wagner for the seat.

Lynn, 38, made the decision to run after receiving what he thought would be a routine call from Scott. Instead, the veteran legislator said he’d decided not to run for a fourth two-year term in 2014.

“Darryl informed me that my name had been circulated as a potential candidate for his vacant seat,” Lynn wrote in an email to the Dover Post. Lynn’s one word description of that news was “stunned,” adding he was so shocked he actually forgot to thank Scott for and his supporters for expressing their confidence in him.

He has since made up for that omission by calling Scott back and expressing his gratitude, Lynn said.

After talking it over with his wife, Alexis, the rest of his family and his colleagues the Baird Mandalas Brockstedt law firm, Lynn said he decided to step into the fray.

“I’m very excited by this opportunity,” Lynn wrote, adding he and his family felt it was the right decision.

If elected Lynn said he’d follow the same path he’s set since his election to the non-partisan Dover City Council in 2011: government transparency, economic development, making sure Kent County receives its fair share of state resources and protection of Delaware’s youngest residents.

During his time on council, Lynn said he has worked to hire more police officers, ensured the city’s Downtown Dover Partnership was properly funded, worked to maintain the Economic Development Office and worked to change open forum rules.

“I’ve known Sean for years,” Scott said. “I think his record on Dover City Council speaks for itself and I think he’ll do a great job as a state representative.”

Kent County Republican Party Chairman Hank McCann said no one from the GOP has yet filed for the seat.