Bryant Richardson, president of Morning Start Publications, Inc. publishers of the Seaford and Laurel Star community newspapers and other business and speciality publications filed earlier this week for the 21st District Senate seat as a Republican for the seat now held by Democrat Robert Venables of Laurel. Because of reapportionment the seat is for two years, then will return to a four-year rotation.
Bryant and his wife Carol or 44 years, have been residents of Seaford for nearly 40 years. In addition to his current ownership;of the STAR publications, he was former owner of Banner Publications, Inc. where I first went to work for him; later he was the general manager of the Leader and State Register and I followed as I did when he started the STAR.
He caught me off guard when he phoned me; as you know Bryant and I are on the opposite sides of the political fence, but we have agreed to disagree. He agreed to allow me to break the story on my blog before he broke the story in his newspaper which will be out Thursday, along with his reasons for seeking the office and some of his concerns which helped in his decision to run.
He has expressed concerns over the lack of concern by the legislators to address som of the state’s more urgent concerns, including the depressed economy and increasing crime rate, concerns over educations policies and the lack of entrepreneurial growth in Delaware.
All of this and more can be seen in the STAR papers Thursday.
Several years ago, Bryant ran unsuccessfully for the GOP U.S. House seat against Mike Castle.
He will make a formable challenger to Venables; this will probably be the strongest competition Venables has had in his political career.
Needless to say I will recluse myself from writing anything in my column or this blog regarding this race because of my friendship and relationship with Bryant. Finally, someone has found a way to silence me. lol