Del. Lt. Gov. Hopeful to Speak At GOP Convention

Aug 27, 2012

MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A Delaware business owner and political hopeful will be taking the stage at the Republican National Convention.

Sher Valenzuela, the Republican challenger to Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, is scheduled to speak about the upholstery business she started more than 15 years ago in a Milford garage to help pay for autism therapy for her son.

The 58-year-old Valenzuela runs First State Manufacturing along with her husband. Since starting the company in their garage, First State Manufacturing has grown into a multi-million dollar business.  The (Wilmington) News Journal reported Sunday that the company has landed $15.2 million in federal contracts since 2001, mostly from the Department of Defense.

Their son, Simon, meanwhile, is now a first year student at the University of Delaware.