The Milford Republican House member says it is time to retire.
State Rep. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford, announced Friday he will not seek re-election when his current term expires this November.
“I will be 77 years old by the time Election Day rolls around,” he said. “After discussing it with my wife and colleagues, I’ve decided that it is time for me to pursue other interests.”
Milford Mayor Bryan W. Shupe has filed to run for the 36th District seat.
“I have given this opportunity much consideration and would be honored to continue serving my community and Sussex County at the state level,” Shupe said. “Representative Kenton has been a strong advocate for the 36th District and I am humbled to have his support during this campaign.”
First elected in 2010, Kenton replaced long-time legislator V. George Carey in the 36th Representative District. Since then, he has served four consecutive two-year terms in the lower chamber.
“I am fully embracing Bryan Shupe as the candidate to lead in Dover where I have left off,” Kenton said.
For the last six years Kenton has been a member of the influential Joint Finance Committee that is responsible for crafting the state’s annual multi-billion dollar operating budget.
“I have sponsored and co-sponsored many dozens of pieces of legislation that I think have improved the lives of my constituents and all Delawareans,” Kenton said. “It has been a true honor to serve the people of my district and I have been humbled by the faith they have repeatedly shown in me. I have always thought of myself as an average person who has had an extraordinary opportunity to serve the public. I have no regrets about how the last eight years have unfolded and I feel blessed to have had this wonderful experience.”
A U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Wesley College, Kenton has worked in both agri-business and real estate. He recently enrolled in a college course at Delaware Technical and Community College.
Kenton joins a growing list of state representatives who have announced they will not be returning in the new 150th General Assembly. State Reps. Charles “Trey” Paradee, Melanie George Smith and Dave Wilson have also indicated they are not seeking re-election to their current seats.