Election Day 2016. The day politics can change in a heartbeat or remain the status quo. For the past seven years, we’ve had a Democrat trifecta in Delaware. The Dems rule the Governor seat and the majority of the House and Senate seats. For the past twenty-three years, the Dems have ruled the Governor and Senate seats. Many talk about a “blue Delaware”, but the House was ruled by the Republicans for a long time prior to 2008.
All 41 of the House seats are up for re-election next year. 11 out of 21 Senate seats are up as well. The big issues in 2016 are going to be the economy, the budget and education. The following Delaware Senators will have to start campaigning soon if they decide to run for another four years:
Harris McDowell, Democrat, 1st District
Catherine Cloutier, Republican, 5th District
Patricia Blevins, Democrat, 7th District
David Sokola, Democrat, 8th District
Karen Peterson, Democrat, 9th District
Nicole Poore, Democrat, 12th District
David McBride, Democrat, 13th District
Bruce Ennis, Democrat, 14th District
Dave Lawson, Republican, 15th District
Brian Pettyjohn, Republican, 19th District
Gerald Hocker, Republican, 20th District
Out of these Senators, all voted yes for House Bill 50, with the exception of McDowell and Sokola. For the final vote in the House, all voted yes except for the following: Jaques, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, and Q. Johnson. Not voting were Bolden and the soon-to-be-stepping down Barbieri. It remains to be seen who will take over in the 18th District Barbieri represents.
Remember these NO and not voting members of our General Assembly. They may get one more chance to shine on this issue with the House Bill 50 Veto Override. Rep. Schwartzkopf has already said no to this, so I will definitely be making a big issue of that in the next year and four months. Sorry Pete, you stuck it to parents by siding with Markell. No sympathy!
This will be a huge election, statewide and nationally. We will have a new President and a new Governor. You only get to vote once, so make your voice count!