Democrat Bud Freel wins 4th RD special election

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

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Democrat Charles “Bud” Freel has won the special election to serve the remainder of former-Rep. Gerald Brady’s term in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Unofficial results from the Department of Elections show Freel having earned 2,210 votes compared to Republican Ted Kittila’s 1,015. 

Freel served as an at-large Wilmington City Councilman for 16 years before representing the city’s 8th District for another 8 years.

He won’t hold the seat for long. 

During the redistricting process finalized in Nov. 2021, the 4th Representative District — the one Freel will represent — was relocated to the Long Neck and Oak Orchard area of Sussex County.

New district lines will take effect immediately following the next election, which will be held on Nov. 8, 2022. 

In order for Freel to maintain his seat, he would have to challenge an incumbent — likely Rep. Krista Griffith, a Democrat from Fairfax whose district will engulf much of the current 4th District as a result of redistricting. 

He has previously stated that he is not interested in seeking reelection. 

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