Dagsboro’s Connor files for 41st District seat in state legislature


S. Bradley “Brad” Connor announced this week that he has filed to run for the State House seat in the 41st Representative District. The 41st representative district includes Millsboro Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro.

Connor has lived in Sussex County since he was 10. He was raised in Bethany Beach and has been a business owner in Sussex County for 40 years. He served on the Dagsboro council from 1987 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014, the majority of that time as mayor. He still serves on the Dagsboro Planning & Zoning Commission.

Connor is a past president of the Sussex Rotary and is still a member of the group. He has been married to his wife, Penny, for 36 years and has two grown children.

Connor noted that, along with agriculture and tourism being the two largest contributors to the Delaware economy, Sussex County has the fastest-growing population in the state.

“At the heart of that growth is the 41st district,” he said. “Millsboro alone has the highest growth rate of any municipality in inland Sussex County.”

Connor said he believes Sussex County, and especially the 41st Representative District, deserve a more equitable representation in the budget, based on their contribution to the state revenue.

As a representative, Connor said he would advocate for more involvement from state agencies to find solutions to the traffic and pollution problems that are affecting the residents of the 41st District and all of Sussex County.

Connor described himself as a fiscal conservative who believes spending needs to have tangible and measurable benefit to the people of Delaware. He said he has the contacts throughout the state to bring the appropriate assets to bear on the issues confronting the county.

He cited a proven track record in the area that he said is demonstrated by his securing funding, in his capacity as mayor, from various agencies to install a new water treatment facility for Dagsboro. He also obtained $2.9 million of grant and aid for sewer in 1998 and obtained $3.8 million grant and aid for central water in 2005.

Connor said he will bring that ability to negotiate in favor of his constituents to the House of Representatives.