Christina Jedra , The News Journal Published 8:58 p.m. ET March 21, 2017 | Updated 10:02 p.m. ET March 21, 2017
Republican James E. Hosfelt, Jr. won the 2nd District seat in the Kent County Levy Court in Tuesday’s special election.
The Dover City Councilman and former Dover Police Chief won with over 62 percent of the vote, according to the Department of Elections.
Hosfelt had a 447-vote lead over opponent Andrea Kreiner, founder of the Energy & Sustainability Leaders Roundtable and former policy advisor to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.
Hosfelt, a Maryland native, is a United States Air Force veteran and served in the Dover Police Department for 26 years. He is the director of public safety and track operations for the Dover International Speedway.
A graduate of Delaware Technical Community College and the FBI National Academy, Hosfelt is also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Delaware State Sportsman Association, the Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police and Masonic Lodge, Union Lodge No. 7, his website states.
An attempt to reach Hosfelt for comment was unsuccessful.
The Levy Court is Kent County’s executive government. It has seven elected commissioners, six districts seats and one at-large. The group has responsibilities related to property assessment, real estate transfers, constructing sewage systems, determining street light placement and ambulance services, according to the county website.
The 2nd District seat was vacated by Brad Eaby, who stepped down to become a deputy attorney general in the Delaware Department of Justice.
The city of Dover will now need to hold a special election to fill Hosfelt’s District 1 seat on council, where he has served since May 2015. His term ends in May 2019.
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James E. Hosfelt, Jr.: 1,107 votes, 62.65%
Andrea Kreiner: 660 votes, 37.35%