Wheatley files to run for 21st district Senate seat


Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley has filed to run for the 21st District Senate seat, which includes the towns of Blades, Delmar, Laurel and Seaford, and surrounding areas.Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wheatley is a long-time member of the Sussex County’s Planning & Zoning Commission, businessman and Realtor.

“Western Sussex County needs an advocate capable of capturing the attention and imagination of State government, one who can articulate a vision and a hope for Western Sussex County and rally the resources to improve the lives of the people of the 21st District. We certainly pay enough. Let’s get our money’s worth,” said Wheatley.

“My professional, public and volunteer roles bring me in frequent contact with the various state agencies that affect our lives and with the people who create and fund those agencies. More importantly, it puts me in touch with the people these agencies and individuals serve.”

Wheatley has been a resident of western Sussex County all of his adult life, in Seaford and in Laurel. A former honors student at Salisbury University, he owned and operated the Whayland Company, a commercial contracting firm, which he sold in 2013 to concentrate on real estate and public service, he said.

He was appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission and has been reappointed seven times. In 2013, Wheatley was appointed as the Sussex County public member to the board of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, and he was reappointed in 2017. He also serves on the board of directors for the Bank of Delmarva and is the chairman of the bank’s regulatory compliance committee.

Wheatley is involved in several community service organizations. Wheatley and his wife, Beckett Mitchell Wheatley, live near Laurel and are members of Centenary United Methodist Church.