November 21, 2023

Sussex County Democratic Party Announces Jane Hovington as Democratic Nominee for Special Election

Press Release
Jane Hovington for State Representative


GEORGETOWN- The Sussex County Democratic Party announced Tuesday that Jane Hovington will serve as the Democratic nominee in the upcoming Special Election to fill the vacancy in House District 37 left by former State Representative Ruth Briggs King.


Jane Hovington has lived in Georgetown for more than 35 years and has a long history of public service. As a lifetime member and former chair of the Sussex County branch of the NAACP, a former member of the Georgetown Town Council, and the current Chair of the Sussex County Democratic Party, the Chair of the Board of Adjustment for the Town of Georgetown and Chair of the Richard Allen Coalition, Jane has demonstrated a deep commitment to community service and advocacy.


In her various leadership roles, including those in the Shechinah Empowerment Center Re-entry Program, Small Wonder Ones Child Care Center, the Richard Allen Coalition, and the Indian River School District's CAMP program, Jane has tirelessly worked to ensure all community members, regardless of their age, background, or economic status, have the tools and support they need to thrive.


“I have called this community home for almost my entire life, and it is my deep-rooted commitment to its residents that propels me into this race,” said Jane Hovington.


“As a lifelong advocate for justice and equality, I am eager to continue my work on behalf of the people of the 37th District and Delaware as a whole. Throughout my career, I've fought to strengthen our public education system and ensure services and support reach the most vulnerable members of our community. I plan to continue that fight in Dover.”


The 37th House District encompasses Georgetown and parts of Millsboro, Harbeson, and Lewes.

“Jane Hovington is a dedicated and experienced community leader who understands the unique challenges that her community faces,” said House Speaker Valerie Longhurst.


“For decades, she has been a driving force in advocating for positive change and uplifting the voices of the underserved. Time and time again, Jane has demonstrated her commitment to creating a stronger, more equitable community, and I have no doubt that she would make an excellent representative for the residents of the 37th district.”


“Jane Hovington has had a significant positive impact on many of the communities surrounding Georgetown's iconic circle. I have seen Jane’s impressive dedication to her Sussex County neighbors firsthand and it is unrivaled,” said State Democratic Party Chair Betsy Maron.  “Delaware Democrats are proud to have Jane Hovington on the ballot and we look forward to sharing her story with the voters of the 37th District.”


The special election is scheduled for Thursday, December 21. Early voting opportunities, will be available at least 10 days before the election, which will be provided at sites designated by the Department of Elections.


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