Public Relations


Uncle Sam & Captain America at the State GOP Convention

41st Delegates in the Sussex GOP tent

On a beautiful, but quite warm Saturday, the GOP State Convention was held in Milford, DE. Speechs were given by Chris Kenny (CEO of Shoprite Food Stores) and Paris Dennard, RNC Senior Communications Director, who delivered an excellent keynote speech. Elections were held for Delaware GOP Chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Carol Bodine, the state GOP long-time secretary, retired from her position and was replaced with Dr. Julia Pillsbury. Incumbents Jane Brady (Chair), Pam Thorton-Bakarian (Vice-Chair) and Dennis Cini (Treasurer) were all re-elected to their offices.


Senator Pettyjohn conducts Law Enforcement Appreciation Rally in Georgetown, May 17, 2021

On a beautiful evening State Senator Brian Pettyjohn conducted the 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Rally in Georgetown. Officers from all over the county assembled to receive praises from our legislators and citizens who chanted “Back The Blue.”

41st Lead Vehicle to Honor The Blue


Sargent Bradshaw of Ocean View PD Receives Gift From 41st President Drew Sunderlin

41st Caravan at Ocean View PD


41st Republican Club Rallies in Support of Law Enforcement

41st member, Barb Sunderlin jokes with Dagsboro/Frankford officer “Tony”

Trooper Troy Ralston of DE State Police, Troop 4 very appreciative of the 41st

Selbyville officer thankful for the 41st honoring her service

Chief Calloway of the Millsboro PD, on his day off, took time to meet and thank the 41st.

On Saturday, May 15th, the 41st District Republican Club & PAC honored our local police with a caravan to each of the following police departments: Ocean View, Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro, Millsboro and Troop 4. The weather was perfect and our thanks to 41st members Drew & Barb Sunderlin, Allison Milles, Jim Anderson, Phil & Mimi Drew, Barry Koch and Mary and Claire Marino for decorating their cars and coming out to represent our club. Each police department was given a tub of chocolate chip cookies and a thank you note from our club for their service to our community. Every department REALLY appreciated our efforts in support and as Officer Bradshaw said, “This makes my day more than you can know.”






The 2nd Amendment Rally took place on May 8th at Legislative Mall.  Over 500 people attended this event, including members from the 41st District Republican Club & PAC.  Despite the occasional brief shower, everyone stayed for the full 2 1/2 hours to hear inspiring speeches from our own Senator Pettyjohn, Senator Richardson, Representative Collins and Julianne Murray along with other keynote speakers.  Let’s hope the lawmakers who introduced Senate Bills 3 & 6 take note that We The People will not accept their attempt to infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

41st members & guests

Sgt. Bradshaw & Detective Harrington deliver Active Shooter Presentation to 41st












Jim Anderson, past Treasurer receives “Thank You” from the 41st



The 41st District Republican Club & PAC had it’s final meeting before the summer break on Monday, June 7th at the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro.  Our guest speaker, Chief Ken McLaughlin, from the Ocean View Police Department, was unable to present his “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” course due to illness, but he sent two outstanding members of his department in his place.  Sgt. Bradshaw and Detective Harrington did an outstanding job and received a standing ovation from the audience of over 40 members and guests.  Senator Hocker also addressed the audience on matters of the state.  Our next meeting will be in our new, permanent, location at the Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave. in Millsboro at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  Our guest speaker will be Mayor Michelle Truitt of Millsboro.

U.S. Congressional Candidate Lee Murphy addressing the 41st.

Senator Bryant Richardson updating the 41st.

On Monday, October 4th, 2021 U.S. Congressional candidate Lee Murphy was the guest speaker for the 41st District Republican Club & PAC.  Mr. Murphy did an outstanding job explaining why he is running and how he differs from the incumbent Lisa Blunt Rochester.  Mr. Murphy received a standing ovation at the completion of his presentation.  Senator Richardson took the podium and recapped the Right for Life rally in front of the Planned Parenthood building in Seaford on Saturday, October 2nd.  In addition he covered many topics of concern to the audience.

HB75 is a controversial bill that needs the public’s input.  Below is the letter that the Advisory Board of the Sussex GOP is addressing to the General Assembly.  Our state legislators need to hear from you with your opinion on this matter.  Please copy or personalize, the letter below and send it to as many legislators as you can.  Without your input, this amendment to the state’s constitution will move forward as is.


Delaware General Assembly

411 Legislative Avenue

Dover, DE 19901

Last year the Delaware General Assembly proposed and passed a bill that would amend Article V Section 4A of the State’s Constitution by removing the current language which outlines who may vote absentee. By Delaware law, any alteration to the State’s Constitution must be passed in two successive sessions of the General Assembly.  To fulfill this requirement, this year, the second leg of this process in the form of House Bill 75 has been filed with the legislature.

The members of the Advisory Board of the Sussex County GOP are opposed to amending Article V Section 4A of the Delaware Constitution for the following reasons.


  • The language in House Bill 75 is so very general that if passed, it would be impossible to know exactly what, if any, limitations there would be on absentee voting. In fact, the term “absentee voting” as we know it today, should actually be replaced with “mail-in voting” as all eligible voters would be able to cast a mail-in vote.  Additionally, the general language suggests that the General Assembly may change the circumstances, rules, and procedures for voting at any time, for any reason.
  • This past year we had a “dress rehearsal” of sorts for mail-in voting that did not go well. Requests for mail-in ballots supposedly were sent to all eligible voters.  In actuality, some eligible voters never received the requests.  Others received multiple ballot requests at their addresses – many for people who no longer lived at that address.  Additionally, some voters received these unsolicited requests for ballots and went to the polls to cast their votes.  However, the records show that they voted absentee.  Certainly, these irregularities lead one to question the integrity of the process.
  • The typical procedure for absentee ballots is that the signatures on the outside envelopes are checked against signatures that the state has on file in the form of State-issued ID’s or drivers licenses when the ballot reaches the offices of the Board of Elections. During this past year’s elections, by their own admission, the Board of Election’s offices were so overwhelmed with the volume that at a certain point, the process of matching signatures was suspended and ballots were just processed.   This situation in the presence of mass-mailing requests leaves us to question just how secure the mail-in voting process would be.
  • The usual reason for an absentee ballot to be rejected is signature verification. According to Ballotpedia in 2016 and 2018, the percentage of rejected absentee ballots were 1.54% and 4.99% respectively.  In 2020, the percentage of rejected absentee ballots plummeted to 0.21%.  It belies logic that for the 2020 election, absentee voters suddenly became cognizant of the correct way to complete and submit their ballots.
  • The voter rolls are not accurate. We are aware of a number of people who are either deceased or have moved out of the area who continue to show up on the voter rolls.  Thus, if the new process would include mass-mailing of ballots or requests for ballots, there will be multiple opportunities for inappropriate behavior and fraud.


Finally, as representatives of the voters in Sussex County, we believe that the most important privilege and responsibility a citizen has is exercising his/her right to vote.  Certainly, for those who are unable to go to the polling place as currently outlined in Article V Section 4A, absentee voting is essential.  For the rest of eligible voters, we would believe that going to the polls and exercising this sacred privilege is not too burdensome.

We respectfully request that each of you takes these concerns into serious consideration.  No matter what your personal belief about the integrity of the 2020 election, it is imperative that you understand that some of your constituents have reservations.  It is incumbent upon this body to restore confidence in the process.  A good start would be to address these points to mitigate any doubts.


CRI News, Friday, October 8, 2021

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NOVEMBER 28, 2021

Multistate carbon tax scheme on gasoline collapses

by David T. Stevenson, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy


NEWARK, Delaware – A dozen states have been considering a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel, starting at about 10 cents a gallon and rising to perhaps 40 cents over time. The idea was higher prices would discourage driving, and the revenue would be used to promote electric vehicles (EV) and public transportation. Last December, only three state governors signed onto this project (Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts). This week, two of the three state governors (Connecticut and Massachusetts) abandoned the project, effectively ending it.

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In case you missed the past few issues of CRI News:

Review and Update on mRNA Vaccines

by C.D. Casscells, MD. Center for Health Policy.

(originally published October 17, 2021)

The Beat Goes On

by Charlie Copeland. Center for Analysis of Delaware’s Economy & Government Spending.

(originally published October 12, 2021)

100% Wind and Solar. 100% WRONG

by David T. Stevenson. Center for Energy & Environmental Policy.

(originally published October 8, 2021)


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The withdrawal from the IRA is a taxable event. So now is the time to consider larger charitable deductions to lower the bite.

Caesar Rodney Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization in Delaware that provides its public and private sector members with a unique opportunity to work together to develop policies and programs that effectively promote free markets, limited government, and individual liberty. 




November 2, 2021

If you believe the country and our state are headed in the wrong direction…

If you get angry every time you fill up your gas tank…

If you are concerned about what is going on in our schools…

If you are anxious to make a difference in your community…. you are not alone.

Come to our FREE RALLY ON NOVEMBER 8TH! Meet others who share your views!

We are mobilizing new and past volunteers, training Neighborhood Team Leaders, recruiting strong candidates and so much more.   We are working to make a change in 2022, and we want to get started NOW!

November 8th  is one year from Election Day 2022 – Day 365!  And, each day, throughout the next year, we will present you an opportunity to take action to take back our State! Now is the time to get involved!

 Join us to meet our candidates and get information about how you can help make a difference.

This FREE FAMILY EVENT will feature food and drinks, family activities for the kids, and an introduction to many of our candidates. MEET THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO REPRESENT YOU!!   

We will also feature some fun games to challenge your knowledge of American Elections and Delaware Political History.

Date:     Monday, November 8th

Place:    13 Nobles Pond Crossing Dover, DE

Time:     6:00 – 8:30 pm

Cost:      FREE!   

RSVP today!

Jane Brady


Delaware State Republican Party

Paid for by the Republican State Committee of Delaware



41st District Republican Club & PAC

P.O. Box 867

Millsboro, DE  19966


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