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Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Cape Region races for county council, state representatives could be heated

The filing deadline for Delaware's Tuesday, Sept. 13 primary passed July 12, and there will be either a primary or general election race in seven of 11 legislative districts.

In the 14th Representative District, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf will face off against Don Peterson in a Democratic primary. Both men live in Rehoboth. The winner will face off against Republican and Long Neck resident James DeMartino in the general election.

There will be no primary in the 20th Representative District, but Republican incumbent Rep. Steve Smyk, Milton resident, will face off against Democratic challenger Barbara Vaughn, a Lewes resident, in the general election.

Democratic challenger Paulette Rappa, a Millsboro resident, will face off against Republican incumbent Rep. Ruth Briggs King, a Georgetown resident, in the general election for the 37th Representative District seat. Neither woman faces a primary opponent.

In the race for the 35th Representative District seat, Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Wilson, a Lincoln resident, will face off against Republican challenger Robert Mitchell, a Greenwood resident, in the Republican primary. No Democrat filed for this race.

There will be no primary in the 39th Representative District race, but House Minority Leader Daniel Short, a Republican from Seaford, will face off against James Brittingham, a Libertarian from Seaford, in the general election.

In the race for the 41st Representative District seat, Republican incumbent Richard Collins, a Millsboro resident, will face off against Democratic challenger Brad Connor, a Dagsboro resident, in the general election.

In the 20th Senatorial District race, Republican incumbent Gerald Hocker will face off against Democratic challenger Perry Mitchell in the general election. Both men are from Ocean View.

Sen. Brian Pettyjohn in the 19th Senatorial District, Rep. Harvey Kenton in the 36th Representative District, Rep. Ronald Gray in the 38th Representative District, and Rep. Timothy Dukes in the 40th Representative District were the only candidates to file. All four men are Republicans.

Sussex County races

The County Council District 3 race will have a four-person primary on the Republican side between Milton resident Kevin Burdette and Lewes residents I.G. Burton, Mark Schaeffer and Frank Shade. The winner of the primary will face off against Democrat Leslie Ledogar in the general election.

County Councilwoman Joan Deavers is the current District 3 representative, but is stepping down after eight years.

There will also be a Republican primary for the County Council District 2 seat between incumbent Sam Wilson and challenger Lisa Hudson Briggs. Both candidates live in Georgetown.

The will be no primary in the clerk of the peace race, but Georgetown Democrat Charles Koskey and Ellendale Republican Norman Jones Jr. will face off in the November election.

Current Clerk of the Peace John Brady is stepping down to take a court-appointed position as chief deputy register of wills in Sussex.

Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent, a Republican from Seaford, was the only person to file for the County Council District 1 seat, which means there will be no race.

Statewide races

In the race for governor, there will be a primary on the Republican side against longtime state Sen. Colin Bonini of Camden and former state trooper Lacey Lafferty of Laurel.

The winner of the primary will face off against U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat from Wilmington, and Sean Goward, a Libertarian from Dover, in the general election.

In the race for the vacant lieutenant governor seat, there will be a six-candidate Democratic primary. The six candidates are Kathy McGuiness, a Rehoboth resident and Rehoboth Beach commissioner; Greg Fuller, Lincoln resident and former Sussex County register of wills; Kent County Levy Court Vice President Brad Eaby; New Castle County Register of Wills Ciro

Poppiti III; Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown; and Wilmington City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker.

The winner of this primary will face off against Republican La Mar Gunn, a resident of Dover, in the general election.

The race for Carney's U.S. congressional seat will have a primary on the Democratic side to face off against Republican Hans Reigle and Libertarian Scott Gesty in the general election. The Democrats include Jimtown resident Mike Miller, Milton resident Scott Walker, Wilmington resident Sean Barney, Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, former state Labor Secretary Lisa Blunt Rochester and Newark resident Elias Weir.

In the race for insurance commissioner, there will be Republican and Democratic primaries.

Democratic incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, a Wilmington resident, will face off against Trinidad Navarro, a Bear resident.

The Republican race will feature Long Neck resident George Parish against Wilmington resident Jeffrey Cragg.

Upcoming deadlines

The deadline for a candidate to withdraw from a race without losing their filing fee is 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 15. In the statewide races, the filing fee for governor is $6,840, for U.S. Congress is $3,480, for lieutenant governor is $3,161.12, and for insurance commissioner is $4,361.28.

The Sussex County filing fee for senator is $1,782, for representative is $891, for clerk of the peace is $1,001, and for county council is $1,119.

The deadline to register to vote for the Tuesday, Sept. 13 primary is Saturday, Aug. 20. Military and overseas citizens have until Monday, Aug. 29, to register.

The deadline to register to vote for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election is Saturday, Oct. 15. Uniformed service members and overseas citizens have until Monday, Oct. 24, to register.



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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2016



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