It was announced by Duke Brooks, the official spokes-person for the Sussex County GOP, that due to the suspension of the campaign of the official Republican nominee Eric Bodenweiser, that the Sussex GOP would be throwing their support behind the write-in campaign of former Georgetown Mayer Brian Pettyjohn(R).
Mr. Brooks announced that there had been an email polling of the Sussex Republican Executive Committee, that had resulted in the decision to now support the only Republican actively campaigning for the 19th state senatorial district.
I can tell you that the vote was not even close, it was an over-whelming majority of 52-6. This in my opinion shows that the decision is in the view of the majority of the executive committee to be the correct decision under the circumstances.
It would further simplify the issue if Mr. Bodenwieser would officially terminate his campaign completely, but at this time we must move forward and support and work for the election of Brain Pettyjohn(R) who is running against the Democrat, Jane Hovington.
Mr. Pettyjohn offers a reasonable alternative for even the conservative Democrats who may feel that Mrs. Hovington is too far left for their taste. As for Republicans searching for conservatives to vote for, well I have spent quite a bit of time with Mr. Pettyjohn in recent days, and I find him to have a real grasp of the multiple issues facing the 19th district, from agriculture, the challenges facing small businesses, to property rights.
I would encourage all voters within the 19th district to take the time to get to know Brian Pettyjohn (R) and to give serious consideration to writing in his name on election day.
Those supporting Mr. Pettyjohn understand that this will not be an easy task, but intend to give it all they have and are hoping that this latest developement will encourage others to come out and help on election day at the polls to educate voters on exactly how to cast a write-in vote, not a complicated thing to do once it is explained. And we are stressing that voters must be sure to vote their entire ticket before pushing the vote button so as not to hurt other candidates chances of winning.
Time is short, but this can be done.