Delaware Elections

Primary Reaction

Well, that sucked.   It always amazes me how automoton a good many Delaware Democratic primary voters are.   Oh, the party wants Carper, Jennings and McGuiness, well then, lets vote for them.   I know, I know, sour grapes and sore loser am I.   And maybe I live in a progressive bubble.  I’ll vote for Carper and Jennings, but I refuse to vote for Kathy McGuiness.  I will be voting for Republican Jim Spadola for Auditor instead and encourage everyone to do the same.

So Tom Carper (D) will face Trumpist Ron Arlett (R) in November.  Not surprising.  The surprise is that the Homemade Sign Guy Scott Walker won the GOP nomination.  How embarrassing is that for the Delaware GOP?  The man ran as a Democrat in 2016 as a crank candidate.  As a crank candidate, he assumed he’d get a better hearing in the GOP and he was right.

In the Attorney General race, Kathy Jennings defeated the primary field convincingly with 56% of the vote.  I guess her TV ads worked.  Surprisingly, Lakresha Roberts came in second and Chris Johnson third.  Very disappointing.  But thank you to Chris for running a great progressive race for criminal justice reform.

In the Auditor race, Republican Utahn Kathy McGuiness won 41-35 over Kathleen Davies, with Dennis E. Williams ending up playing spoiler with 23% of the vote, thus ending his political career in Delaware forever.  Republican James Spadola ran an unconventional race in 2016 against Harris McDowell in the first Senate District, to McDowell’s left.   He deserves a look from you.  But he’s got my vote.

Before I move onto the surprises and nonsurprises in the General Assembly races, I think we all need to thank Kerri Evelyn Harris for running a great race against Tom Carper.   I hope and pray she stays involved in Delaware politics.  She is a passionate voice for progressive principles.  I hope she runs for something again.

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 2
DARIUS BROWN 38 . 39 %
BOBBIE CUMMINGS  25 . 17 %
SAMUEL L GUY  23 . 23 %
HERMAN M HOLLOWAY JR  13 . 21 %

I am just happy Sam Guy lost.

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 3
S ELIZABETH LOCKMAN 2,065 78 2,143 56 . 36 %
JORDAN HINES 1,557 103 1,660 43.64%

Excellent result.  Congratulations Tizzy!!

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 17
DONYALE HALL 567 29 596 32 . 46 %
JUSTIN KING 1,159 81 1,240 67 . 54 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 1
NNAMDI O CHUKWUOCHA 2,220 86 2,306 59 . 50 %
CHARLES POTTER JR 1,486 83 1,569 40 . 50 %

A great result.  Now Potter can pursue his home renovation lawsuit full time.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2
STEPHANIE T BOLDEN 1,098 71 1,169 59 . 70 %
UGUNDI JACOBS SR 772 17 789 40 . 30 %

A scare for Stephanie.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3
SHERRY DORSEY WALKER 1,299 54 1,353 68 . 54 %
PAUL J FALKOWSKI 133 7 140 7 . 09 %
JAMES HUNTER MILLER 463 18 481 24 . 37 %

Sherry finally wins.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 5
AJAWAVI J AJAVON 635 23 658 27 . 39 %
KENDRA JOHNSON 1,395 43 1,438 59 . 86 %
WILLIAM RESTO JR 293 13 306 12 . 75 %

A good result.  I saw a lot of progressive support for Kendra.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 7
JOSEPH DAIGLE 632 29 661 24 . 88 %
CATHERINE IMBURGIA 284 16 300 11 . 29 %
ROSE IZZO 253 4 257 9 . 67 %
LARRY LAMBERT 658 18 676 25 . 45 %
RAYMOND SEIGFRIED 734 28 762 28 . 71 %

I was hoping for either Lambert or Daigle here.  I know nothing about Seigfried and I fear his nomination may open this race up for the GOP.  But perhaps the Dem wave will power him through.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 9
DEBBIE HARRINGTON 723 31 754 31 . 40 %
MONIQUE JOHNS 1,168 36 1,204 50 . 14 %
JAMES RYAN 428 15 443 18 . 46 %

Congratulations on your reelection, Kevin Hensley.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 12
RACHEL BLUMENFELD 924 58 982 36 . 26 %
KRISTA GRIFFITH 1,641 85 1,726 63 . 74 %

I loved both candidates, so I am happy with the result either way.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 16
FRANKLIN D COOKE JR 1,154 41 1,195 46 . 69 %
C LINWOOD JACKSON 667 21 688 26 . 88 %
JAKIM MOHAMMED 656 20 676 26 . 43 %

I was rooting for Jakim Mohammed here, but I don’t know anything about Cooke.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 17
MICHAEL BURNS 547 18 565 24 . 18 %
MELISSA MINOR-BROWN 1,278 51 1,329 56 . 89 %
DAVID J ROBERTS 429 13 442 18 . 93 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 22
GUILLERMINA GONZALEZ 1,345 81 1,426 61 . 17 %
RENEE TASCHNER 860 45 905 38 . 83 %

For Progressives, this is one of the bright spots of the night.  Very glad Guillermina won.

KATHERINE BEARD 609 26 635 36 . 43 %
MICHAEL F SMITH 1,070 38 1,108 63 . 57 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31
SEAN M LYNN 1,149 76 1,225 62 . 34 %
RALPH TAYLOR 707 33 740 37 . 66 %

Glad Sean won, but that is way too high of a primary vote for a Republican named Ralph Taylor.  Luckily, Sean faces crazy person David Anderson, familiar to all us political bloggers.

DAVID LEVI ANDERSON 564 47 611 72 . 22 %
M JEAN DOWDING 215 20 235 27 . 78 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 35
ROBERT D MITCHELL 920 38 958 41 . 99 %
JESSE R VANDERWENDE 1,254 69 1,323 58 . 01 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
JORDYN PUSEY 1,679 39 1,718 49 . 15 %
KENNETH R WOODS 1,710 67 1,777 50 . 85 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
PENROSE HOLLINS 4,212 263 4,475 66 . 86 %
VINCENT WHITE 2,142 76 2,218 33 . 14 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
DAVID B CARTER 2,228 76 2,304 58 . 86 %
WILLIAM E POWERS JR 1,570 40 1,610 41 . 14 %

NEW CASTLE COUNTY SHERIFF
SCOTT PHILLIPS 27,864 919 28,783 55 . 74 %
SAMUEL D PRATCHER JR 21,745 1,104 22,849 44 . 26 %

SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
DOUGLAS B HUDSON 2,068 100 2,168 58 . 99 %
GEORGE S PARISH 1,430 77 1,507 41 . 01 %

SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5
KEVIN J CHRISTOPHEL 1,260 50 1,310 43 . 69 %
JOHN L RIELEY 1,619 69 1,688 56 . 31 %

Delaware politics from a liberal, progressive and Democratic perspective. Keep Delaware Blue.

22 comments on “Primary Reaction

  1. No way am I voting for a Trumpublican

  2. I am very angry, because I actually spoke to Dennis Williams. I told him the one outcome I would not be able to abide in the state auditor primary would be the vote splitting between him and Kathleen Davis, and look what it did! How did someone who is that blind even get enough of a following to get into politics in the first place?

    • Mona Bayard

      Vanity run?

    • He’s supposed to withdraw because 2 others file after he does ?

      • No, he’s supposed to get out of politics because everyone who knows him dislikes him. What kind of dick do you have to be for your own campaign manager to turn around and run against you?

        • I don’t know about that. Besides, “likability” is hardly a qualification for an office that by it’s nature requires an arms length distance.

          • Which is why I would have voted for him had Davies not been in the race. But if you’re not likable, you’re not electable, and therefore ought to look for another profession.

            Besides, he’s a dick. It’s hard to find truly disliked people in Delaware politics, which is full of egotistical but otherwise bland people.

        • To be fair, doesn’t seem like Davies had the greatest reputation in the likability category

  3. Ken Morrison

    Re. STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 7
    Maybe you should find out something about Ray Seigfried before you make a negative comment. He is every bit as “progressive” as the other candidates, experienced, tenacious, intelligent and worked his ass off. Contrary to your opinion, Ray is the best candidate to run against the GOP and has the smarts, guts and shoe leather to do it.

    • Good. I didn’t mean to cast any aspersions, as I don’t know. But I will remedy that shortly and I am glad he is a progressive.

    • I thought he was a charter school supporter. Can’t be that and call yourself “progressive.”

      • I agree. We will have to clarify that. If Seigfried supports charter schools he won’t get my support (not that I live in his district).

  4. Peter Briccotto

    I’m throwing 100% of my energy behind Spadola, and everyone should do the same. I’m unpopular here in Sussex for my lack of support for McGuiness. There’s just a disengenous quality that I don’t feel will serve our the citizens of our State with any measurable quality. It’s not personal, just politics!

    There’s no question that she’s served Rehoboth with great positive energy, but there’s enough issues here to resolve to keep her busy and in public service.

    • I completely agree. She is a socialite who has run for office so she can attend more events and parties with her political friends and intimates. Everything about her is disingenuous. Down to her status as a Democrat and a Delawarean. I will not vote for her.

    • Wait, do you live in district 20? Start coming to the monthly committee meetings at fish on! Everyone else was so angry that I was so vocal in my dislike of her lack of knowledge of what the role is meant for! It would be like me running for attorney general.

  5. I am disappointed with the New Castle County District 1 result. What a heartbreaker.. Jordyn would have been a much needed vote for sensible growth and land preservation for what is left of open space in New Castle County. Atleast David Carter won and will be a vote to reign in the development.

    • Reign in Development? Is this Sussex county?

    • This isn’t the last we’ve heard of Ms. Pusey. I believe she has a long and fruitful career ahead of her

  6. And I agree about Spadola. He will be the first Republican i have cast a vote for in a very long time.

    • Spadola is a great candidate and mark my words is going to be very influential and turn around the Republican party in Delaware. He’ll work to cross aisles and make Delaware a Blue & Red state….for the better of all!

  7. Joe Connor

    I live in the 7th and supported Joe Daigle with money and signs on my property. Seigfreid ran a solid campaign knocked my hood and had the most visible support at the Arden Fair ( he lives in Arden)) He had Labor and my least favorite Councilman Cartier. His views are generally progressive but not as much and as such I sense he fits the district. The Republican is pretty awful I will be writing a check and planting a new sign.

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