BRIDGEVILLE, DE — Speaking to a crowd of about 40 people, Greenwood resident Jim Westhoff officially announced his candidacy Saturday for Delaware State Representative for the 35th District.
Westhoff, 43, a Democrat, passionately explained the reasons he is running, as well as introduced himself to the voters of his district.
“I will take action, I will fight, and I will do everything I can to improve the lives of my neighbors,” Westhoff said. “My neighbors, you see are struggling. That’s why I’m running.”
Westhoff’s speech at the Bridgeville park was followed by pig roast fundraiser in the backyard of his home. A former reporter at the Cape Gazette, Westhoff currently is a community relations officer for Delaware Department of Transportation.
“The first part of this campaign must be an introduction of Jim Westhoff to the voters of the 35th district,” Westhoff said. “Let’s face it—Westhoff is not exactly a common name here in Sussex County.”
His speech outlined his biography, focusing on his time serving in the Coast Guard, and his volunteer work and he told the story about how he and his wife, Cindy adopted their son, Robbie.
“I opened my home to a kid I barely knew because I could. We had a home and he needed one. For me, it was that simple,” he said.
Starting on May 1, Westhoff said he will release the first of seven detailed proposals that help the people of Delaware, he said. The first proposal will focus on education.
“These policies are the blueprint for what I will do when I become your representative,” Westhoff said.
A video of Westhoff’s speech can be viewed at @link href=’http://www.jimwesthoff.org ‘target=”_blank”>www.jimwesthoff.org/link