Bow tie donning Dover Democrat won't seek re-election

A Dover state representative, well-known for his colorful bow ties, won't be running for re-election.

Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover) tells WDEL the decision was tough.

"I just realized that I couldn't manage it all as effectively as I need and provide my constituents with the level of service that I think they deserve, so I'm going to take a step back and focus on family and my career outside of the Legislature," he said.

If done right, Scott says serving on the General Assembly is the "fullest part-time job" you can have.

"The work of the legislature is not one that's just goes 45 days that we're in session between January and June. There are task forces and other committees that I serve on that require me to be engaged year-round," he said.

He calls his public service incredibly rewarding and tells WDEL what he's most proud of through his six years of service in the 31st District.

"The INSPIRE scholarship program that enables us to provide some financial assistance to students wanting to attend Delaware State University," said Scott.

Scott says his biggest priority before leaving office is to pass Delaware's stalled death penalty repeal.

"We could get lucky and have a member of the committee change their vote and vote it out, but I don't think that's likely. The more likely passes, either able to petition the bill out by getting 21 members to sign that they want the bill to come to the floor or a suspension of rules," he said.

Scott hasn't ruled out a return to politics some time in the future, and he jokes ...

"Maybe I'll get a resolution for a bow tie day before I get out and see if I can get everybody in a bow tie," he laughed.

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