Former Sussex County Administrator David “Dave” Baker filed election paperwork March 7 for the 6th Senate District, which includes Milton, Lewes, Angola, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

Baker, a Democrat, is a lifelong Delawarean with public service experience. He served in the Sussex County Government from 1978 to 2012, moving from the director of accounting to county finance director and finally county administrator.

Baker said he was inspired to run because of the challenges facing Sussex County and will run a positive, issue-focused campaign. His key policy priorities include a budget and economy that work for the middle class; tax reform to produce a sustainable, balanced budget; middle-class tax breaks for health care, student loans and tuition costs; investments in infrastructure to attract and retain employers; infrastructure that can support Sussex County’s past, present and future growth; local road improvements in the 6th District, including a major east-west road improvement project in Sussex County; water infrastructure and sewer funding to support a growing population and protect the environment; protect agriculture and fund open space; better health care for all; investments in health care facilities and workforce to attract medical professionals and meet the needs of the growing and aging population; alleviate a statewide doctor shortage through additional medical training programs; and greater coordination and additional resources for the addiction epidemic, including long-term treatment resources to help addicts in recovery.

Baker has been involved in the community as a board member for the Cape Henlopen School Board and CHEER, as well as Primeros Pasos Early Learning Center in Georgetown where he helped fund and complete construction of a new $1.4 million school. He serves on Beebe Hospital’s Investment Committee and Delaware’s Water Infrastructure Advisory Council and has worked with local youth as a Boy Scout leader and coach for Milton Little League and Odyssey of the Mind.

Baker has been a full-time Sussex and 6th District resident since 1978. He has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and sociology from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in business administration from Wilmington College. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Milton, where they raised their family. They have four sons, all graduates of Cape Henlopen High School; and six grandchildren.