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Carleton E. Carey Sr. (born ?) is an American politician who served as the Mayor of Dover, Delaware, the capital of the U.S. state of Delaware, from 2007 to 2014.[1][2] Carey is Dover's third full-time mayor.[3]

Carleton Carey
Mayor of Dover, Delaware
In office
October 8, 2007 – April 28, 2014[1]
Preceded byStephen Speed
Succeeded byRobin Christiansen
Personal details
Political partyNonpartisan
ChildrenCarleton Carey, Jr., and David Carey
ResidenceDover, Delaware

Incumbent Dover Mayor, Stephen Speed, resigned from office on July 22, 2007, to become director of the aviation program at Delaware State University.[4] Dover was required by law to hold a special mayoral election within thirty to sixty days from Speed's resignation.[4] Carey, a city councilman, was elected Mayor of Dover in a nine-candidate, special election held on September 18, 2007.[2] He won the election with 959 votes, defeating his eight opponents.[5] Carey was sworn into office on Monday, October 8, 2007.[3]

Carey filed to run for a second, two-year term on December 17, 2009.[2] He won re-election to a second, two-year term on April 20, 2010.[6] Carey won the election with 1,507 votes, easily defeating his nearest opponents.[6] Former Delaware state Rep., Nancy H. Wagner, came in second with 863 votes, while former Dover city councilman, William H. Daisey, garnered 553 votes.[6]

Mayor Carey filed for re-election to a third term in January 2012.[7] Carey was unopposed in the election, since no other candidate filed to run against him by the January 31st mayoral deadline.[7] Carey's third term will be three-years long, as Dover transitions from two-year to three-year mayoral terms.[7] The election was held on April 17, 2012, and Carey retained his seat unopposed.[8][9] On April 28, 2014, Carey resigned as mayor.[1] Robin Christiansen succeeded Carey as mayor, having been elected in a special election on June 17, 2014.[10]

In 2015, Carey ran for mayor against incumbent Robin Christiansen and retired teacher George Gaudioso. Carey lost the election to Christiansen on April 21, 2015 with 622 votes, behind Christiansen's 1,390 votes.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Carey to resign as Dover mayor April 28". Dover Post. 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  2. ^ a b c "Carey files for re-election". Dover Post. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  3. ^ a b Merriweather, James (2007-10-09). "New Dover mayor sworn in to office". The News Journal. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  4. ^ a b "Dover Mayor Resigning". WBOC-TV. 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  5. ^ "Carey Elected Dover Mayor". WBOC-TV. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  6. ^ a b c "Carey files for re-election". WBOC-TV. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  7. ^ a b c Denison, Doug (2012-02-07). "Dover's Williams will seek re-election". The News Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  8. ^ "Dover Mayor Carleton Carey Unoppoed; Will Retain Seat". WGMD. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-19.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Two Dover Council Members Retain Seats". WGMD. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-05-09.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Offredo, Jon (June 17, 2014). "Christiansen elected mayor of Dover". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Offredo, Jon (April 21, 2015). "Dover election: Mayor re-elected; 3 incumbents lose". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Speed
Mayor of Dover, Delaware
Succeeded by
Robin Christiansen