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Two Vying for Open 31st House District Seat in Del.


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Earlier this year the race to represent Delaware's 31st House district opened wide. The district includes a large portion of Dover.

Three-term Democrat Rep. Darryl Scott announced in March he would not seek re-election.

Two men are now seeking to take his seat in Leg Hall.

Democrat Sean Lynn is a lawyer and a two-term member of Dover City Council.

"I think that I'm the guy," he said. "I have the education, the experience, the training. I'm prepared day one to get in there and do the job."

Republican Sam Chick is a veteran, an army sergeant. He served in Iraq. Chick now works for his family's business. He says he's the right choice over Lynn.

"There's a fundamental difference in philosophy. I'm a freedom-loving guy. I believe in a government that works for the people, not a government that's over the people."

Earlier this year Gov. Jack Markell proposed increasing the state's gas tax and creating what was called the water tax to fund transportation and waterway improvements. Neither candidate thinks those are good ideas.

"I believe that we need improved infrastructure," said Lynn. "But I don't think the gas tax is the way to do it."

"Having a statewide property tax is a bad idea. The people who polluted the waterways - they're the ones who need to clean it up," Chick said.

They disagree on the way lawmakers have been handling the state's ailing casino industry. Lynn says helping the casinos is necessary.

"From an investment perspective it's a no-brainer," Lynn said. "From a 31st district perspective, it's a no-brainer, because a significant portion of my constituents are employed by Dover Downs."

"I certainly think the taxes on the casinos are too high," said Chick. "But before we cut taxes on casinos, I want to see taxes cut for everyone else."

The District 31 race is one of statehouse races in Delaware this year that doesn't have an incumbent. One more is in Kent County. The other two are in New Castle County.

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