Nov. 2 election means déjà vu in 41st

On Nov. 2, residents of Delaware’s 41st Representative District will vote to elect the person who will represent them in Legislative Hall for the next two years. Republican-turned-Democrat and incumbent Rep. John Atkins is again being challenged by Republican Greg Hastings.

Hastings lost to Atkins in the November 2008 election for the same seat.

Both ran unopposed in September’s primaries for their parties’ respective nominations and have been campaigning steadily ever since. Atkins has been going door-to-door to speak with constituents, while Hastings has been attending meetings and festivals, such as Apple Scrapple.

Atkins served as representative from 2003 until 2006, when he resigned from his position. Hastings won the seat in May of 2007, in a special election held to replace Atkins, in which Atkins nonetheless received 600 votes.

Hastings has served on the General Assembly and is a former Indian River School District school board member. Following his loss in the 2008 election for the 41st District seat, Hastings was appointed to the Millsboro Town Council.

Both candidates reside in Millsboro.

The 41st District includes areas in and around Frankford, Millsboro, Dagsboro, Gumboro and Long Neck.