Bud Freel grew up in a union household and attended Salesianum School and University of Delaware with a degree in accounting. He has worked in many different capacities during his professional career, co-owning O’Friel’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, serving in Wilmington Mayor Frawley’s administration, selling real estate, and working in DelDOT’s Community Relations office.

Bud is a lifelong Democrat who has volunteered, ran political campaigns and served on several Democratic Party committees since turning 18. In 1996, he was elected to Wilmington City Council, where he served for 24 years. During that time, Bud championed curbside recycling, building new playgrounds, creating affordable housing throughout the city, tackling vacant properties, improving public safety, and assisting the Latin American Community Center to build subsidized housing for seniors.

Bud lives in the Highlands with his wife Kelly and their two daughters.