Delaware Democrats Expect Competitive Primary

Bryan Townsend has already announced his bid.

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Kimberly Railey
Sept. 18, 2015, 8:12 a.m.

“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)


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