Former Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn announced Monday that he is running for State Senate in District 19 as a write-in candidate.
Pettyjohn, a Republican who opted not to run for a second term as mayor this spring, posted a notice on his Facebook that he filed as a write-in candidate on the last day possible. The filing means votes cast for him on Nov. 6 will be tallied in their own column, separate from other write-in votes, election officials said.
Pettyjohn, a 38-year-old telecommunications manager for Mountaire Farms in Millsboro, is joining a race between 62-year-old political activist and Democrat Jane Hovington and Republican Eric Bodenweiser, a 53-year-old retired businessman, who upset incumbent Republican Joe Booth in the Sept. 11 primary.
"The voters of the 19th District deserve a true choice for representation in the [state] Senate," Pettyjohn said in the announcement letter posted on his Facebook page. "By declaring today, the voters have that choice, and I will do my best to see that our message reaches every resident of the district."
Pettyjohn could not be reached for comment prior to deadline.
A graduate of Sussex Central High School and the University of Delaware, he served on the Georgetown Town Council from 2008 to 2010 and before serving two years as the town's mayor.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Chad Spicer Foundation, as well as Children and Families First. He also has been a member of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware League of Local Governments and the Sussex County Association of Towns, where he served as vice president.