You have to like a guy who gets his shit together early. Not to mention that fact that he is running against the horrible and loathsome John Still

Former Public Safety Secretary Brian Bushweller is hoping the second time will be a charm in challenging Sen. John C. Still III, R-Dover North, in the 17th Senate District.

Four years ago, Bushweller, a Democrat, picked up 47.7 percent of the vote in a three-way race that also featured Independent Party candidate Karen Hartley-Nagle. Still won that contest with 51 percent of the vote.

Bushweller, 61, plans to retire as state director for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Bushweller served as Carper’s public safety secretary and as his legislative liaison when Carper was governor.

He previously spent 18 years working in three different states for teachers’ unions, including 13 years for the Delaware State Education Association.

In addition to concerns about quality schools and jobs in the district, Bushweller, said he’s also worried about sprawl. “Over-development threatens the very quality of life that makes our area so attractive in the first place,” Bushweller said.