BREAKING: Comm. Jay Lagree Withdraws from Race for Rehoboth Commissioner


Although he had filed to seek another term as Rehoboth Beach commissioner, Comm. Jay D. Lagree announced today that he is withdrawing his petition to seek re-election.

Comm. Lagree intends to serve out his term and allow newcomer, Donald G. Preston, Jr., to assume his seat without an election.

Comm. Lagree said he didn’t want just anyone to step in and file a last-minute petition to run for his soon-to-be open seat, so he had submitted his petition. “And then in the middle of the filing period, Don Preston came along. He’s young, smart, has the same goals and objectives for Rehoboth Beach as I have,” Comm. Lagree explains. “It was a dream come true for me.  All of the commissioners have talked to him. He passed the tests,” he adds.

So, no election again this summer in Rehoboth Beach!

Statement by Jay Lagree

After much consideration, I am withdrawing my candidacy for City Commission. I have been honored to serve on the Commission and to serve the citizens of Rehoboth Beach, and I had intended to continue my service,  However, I am getting older every day. My hearing has become a problem although, with correction, I can do pretty well most of the time. 

Having served with Patrick Gossett and getting to know Don Preston, I am convinced the city will continue to be well-served. They are both leaders in our community, and share my goals and objectives for the city. With those two qualified and capable candidates, I feel I can now step away at the end of my term, confident that they will serve the citizens well. 

I look forward to the last months of my term of office, and thank the city and our voters for all they have done to support me in my role as Commissioner.