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Carl J. Phelps - Candidate for DE House of Representatives
from the 14th District

Carl J Phelps

Candidate for RD 14


Phelps is a retired Captain from the U.S Army Special Forces after over 25 years of military service.  Following his service career, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 15 years, ending with over 41 years of service to the country and to our Veterans.  During his career he attended college when possible, culminating in a Bachelor in Science degree from Excelsior College (2002) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (2004).  


Mr. Phelps is looking to provide greater support to Sussex area small businesses, among other things.  He will be running against Democrat Pete Schwarzkopf as representative of district 14. 

While he is originally from Indiana, his service career has taken him around the world into many countries to teach emergency medicine in areas where there was no doctor, along with flying in and out as a helicopter pilot. He also interned at the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, where eventually moved after meeting his wife, Esther.  They have been married for over 20 years, between them have raised 5 young men.  

After retirement Phelps started his next career of service at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company as a Fire Fighter and EMT while he worked for the VA in the electronic health record program full time as a Program Manager. Due to his love for the ocean, and the fact that he no longer had to commute to Washington DC for work, he and his wife moved to Lewes in 2014, where he immediately joined the Lewes Volunteer Fire Company, of which he is still a member.  To keep himself busy when not working full time, he officiates softball and serves as the treasurer of the Delmarva Football Officials Association, where you will find him most fall afternoons on the football field.

Phelps is looking forward to continuing his service by representing the constituents of RD 14.  He sees this as an opportunity of working with all the members of the community, whether a business owner or homeowner, a life-long member of the area or a recent transplant, he feels we must all work together and find areas of commonality in order make RD 14 the leading district in the state, not just a district in lower Delaware.