Robert B. Arlett serves as the 5th district councilman on the Sussex County Council, representing southern Sussex County, extending from the Maryland line to the Atlantic Ocean, including the communities of Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millville, Millsboro, Selbyville and South Bethany. Elected to County Council in 2014, Mr. Arlett is a new face to County government who brings with him a strong desire to “preserve the past and prepare for the future.” Born in Rhode Island, but raised in Southern California, Mr. Arlett found his way to the nation’s second smallest state in 2005, when he started a real estate business and put down roots with his family in coastal Sussex County. The son of a career U.S. Naval officer, Mr. Arlett has lived in many areas of the United States, including California, Hawaii and Virginia, where he attended George Mason University and enlisted in the Naval Reserve. There, Mr. Arlett served as an intelligence specialist with top-secret security clearance before eventually leaving and coming to Delaware. Among his goals as Sussex County’s newest councilman are growing the economy, promoting transparency in government, and preserving Sussex County’s way of life. Mr. Arlett is the father of two sons with his wife, Lorna, and lives near Frankford.
Southern Sussex County, extending from the Maryland line to the Atlantic Ocean, including the communities of and/or areas near Dagsboro, Delmar, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Laurel, Millsboro, Millville, Selbyville and South Bethany
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What good fortune we have to live in a state such as Delaware and a place as beautiful as Sussex County. Sussex County has it all—a temperate climate, low taxes, an abundance of clean beaches, acres of farms feeding our families, and a calmer, saner way of life.But I believe we can do better to help our communities and residents. We can attract more manufacturing, encourage small businesses and increase eco-tourism throughout the county. We need to make this a destination for young people to find jobs and thrive so they won’t have to leave their hometowns to find work. The way to keep Sussex vital is to retain our young families and take advantage of their skills and energy.