Rep. Dave Wilson filed the necessary paperwork Feb. 2 to be a candidate in this fall’s election for the 18th Senatorial District.

State Sen. Gary Simpson currently holds the seat but is believed not to be seeking re-election this fall.

“Gary has made it known he is not running again," said Wilson. "The information has been circulating for a while and I don't think I'm disclosing anything that hasn't already been discussed in coffee shops throughout the district. I have spoken with Sen. Simpson and told him about my intentions.”

Wilson’s filing means he will not be returning to the House seat he has held since 2008. A section of his current 35th Representative District overlaps the 18th Senatorial District.

“The transition to the Senate a natural one,” said Wilson. “I have been honored to represent the people of the 35th District for the last 10 years, and I look forward to continue serving many of them in the Senate. As a small businessman with a combined 20-years of public service at the county and state levels, I think I can bring a high-level experience and effectiveness to the Senate, should the people of the district place their faith in me.”

Wilson said he decided to file for the general election now to be as transparent as possible.

“I wanted to toss my hat in the ring early so that everyone involved was aware of what I was doing,” said Wilson. “My decision will impact others, and I felt an obligation to be open and honest about my intentions.”

Wilson is the owner of Wilson’s Auctions. He is also a breeder of Haflinger horses. In addition to his work in the general assembly, Wilson served as Sussex County register in chancery from 1992 to 2000 and Sussex County register of wills from 2006 to 2008.