“Delaware Democrats are expecting a competitive and potentially crowded primary for” Rep. John Carney’s (D) seat.
“If you’re an up-and-coming elected official or anyone who’s interested in elected office at the highest levels in Delaware, the golden ring doesn’t come around very often,” said former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D), Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) longtime adviser and his appointed successor in the Senate.
State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D) announced his bid Thursday. Other potential candidates include: state Rep. Bryon Short (D); former Democratic state Rep. Dennis Williams (D); Marla Blunt Carter (D), a state director for President Obama in 2008, and her sister, Lisa Blunt Rochester (D), the first African-American woman to become Delaware’s secretary of labor; and 2014 state treasurer candidate Sean Barney (D), an Iraq War veteran and policy director for Gov. Jack Markell (D). (Hotline reporting)