The 62 District Strategy – Ennis gets a Challenger

Since our last post on the the 62 District Strategy, which, by the way, is the strategy of find “More and Better Democrats” to run for everything everywhere, we have had Jessica Scarane announce a primary challenge to U.S. Senator Chris Coons, and Senator Bruce Ennis, assuming he runs for reelection, has a challenger.

Her name is Kyra Hoffner. Mrs. Hoffner has been active in a number of community and political organizations during her time in Delaware. She has worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and has been certified with Americans for Safe Access, which is a Cannabis Care Certification Patient Education Program. She is also currently an active member of the League of Women Voters Advocacy Corps. She also has been involved with the ACLU of Delaware, Network Delaware and Delaware United. Prior to a health related retirement in 2008, she worked for Wells Fargo in the Mortgage Origination Department.

Here is a map of the 14th Senate District.

The current incumbent Senator for the district, Democrat Bruce Ennis, is one of, if not the most, conservative Democrats currently elected to office, not only in Delaware but perhaps in the whole country. He has been stridently against any gun safety legislation in the past few sessions of the General Assembly.

Ennis has been in office, as either a State Representative or a Senator, since 1982. He has been unopposed in every single party primary he has run in since 1984. He won a special election for the seat he currently holds in 2007 after the death of Senator James T. Vaughn. In the three elections for the Senate office he has run in since 2007, he has not faced a primary challenger. And perhaps he should let that streak stand. He is 80 years old, and perhaps now is a good time to retire.

If Ennis does bow out of the race, we can assume that State Representative Bill Carson of the 28th Representative District may jump in, unless he retires himself.

Now, let’s look at our candidate list for every office that is up for election in Delaware in 2020. Currently, Democrats control both houses of our General Assembly. In the House, Democrats hold 26 seats to 15 for the Republicans. In the Senate, the margins are closer, with Democrats holding the majority with 12 seats of the 21 seats in the chamber. Republicans hold 9 seats.

Now, I am listing every current incumbent as a candidate for reelection unless I know for sure they are not running. Many of these candidates, incumbents and challengers, have not filed yet. That does not matter. In the case of challengers, if they have announced their campaign, they are on the list.

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

17 comments on “The 62 District Strategy – Ennis gets a Challenger

  1. I’m in Ennis’s district, the nicest thing I can say is he’s better then Jim Vaughan who was a Dem in name only. If Ennis retires hooray, if he doesn’t I contribute and work for Kyra Hoffner, glad to see him gone one way or the other.

  2. Very surprised no one has stepped up to challenge Meyer as of yet.

    • Why? It’s a thankless job that leads nowhere, the Coons miracle excepted.

  3. Stan Merriman

    Referencing Jessica Scarane, I was complimented that she called me over the weekend. I applaud her courage but support Coons. She pointed out his votes for conservatives for federal bench positions. I reminded her that I believe part of Sen. Coon’s votes for well qualified but conservative judges is informed by such facts as Earl Warren, a Republican who gave us Brown v. Board of Education and an amazing record of civil rights legislation. I should have also mentioned the majority, who were Republicans, gave us Roe v. Wade. I’d prefer dependable liberals on the bench, but conservatives have given us some pretty fantastic decisions.

    • I’m sorry, didn’t Chris Coons vote for Kurt Engelhardt? Isn’t he the judge who is responsible for the recent decision to undo the Affordable Care Act? And I believe he was one of the judges on the court that is sending Roe v Wade back to the Supreme Court. I think he has a racist record as well.

    • RE Vanella

      Establishment propaganda has turned Stan’s brain into pudding. Sir, do you know what year it is? How many fingers do you see? Do you smell burnt toast.

  4. The Democrats have historically not supported the vision the Leftists have. The Civil Rights Bill of 1965 was passed because Republicans supported it. Wake up Leftists. You are the racists.

    • AggressiveProgressive

      The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced by a Democrat and signed into office by a Democratic president. While I’m not the biggest fan of the Democratic party, what you’re stating is not true. You can just google it ya know.

      • stanley merriman

        I am referring to pioneering legal decisions that paved the way for new legislation made possible by one of my fellow Dems, LBJ.

  5. Mitch Crane

    Stan, you are equating “Republican” with “Conservative” Earl Warren was a “liberal Republican” governor of California. Blackman and Stevens were not Conservatives either.

    As to the Senate votes for the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights bills, to offset the No votes of southern Democrats, Minority Leader Everett Dirkson brought over Republicans AFTER Lyndon Johnson agreed to support Dirkson’s water project in Illinois. To cut off debate and invoke Cloture, 67 votes were needed. The Cloture vote was 71-29. Republicans supported Cloture 27-6. Democrats were 44 in favor and 21 opposed.

    • Stan Merriman

      Mitch, as a native Californian, I can assure you Liberals in California considered Warren a conservative by their standards when he was governor.

      • Stan Merriman

        As a post script, Mitch, Warren was an early and long advocate of Japanese Internment while governor; he ran against a decidedly more civil rights oriented Democrat in both primaries and beat his Democratic opponent in a dual primary run. California Democrats were very conservative in those days. He and they railed against the “leftists” in the union movements in California. All this shows though, people can grow and change in some cases; he certainly did.

  6. RE Vanella

    While you guys relive the glory days of 60 years ago we’re going to go ahead and try to address political issues of 2020. Thanks for your service.

  7. I have a comment hung up in moderation. I don’t think it is worth rescuing. Something about James Spadola being a motherfucking Trump supporter until proven otherwise.

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