The 4th Senate District race is on! A few days ago, Democrat Dan Cruce dropped out of the race clearing the way for Laura Sturgeon to take on Republican Greg Lavelle. Taking on the guy who has been in office since 2001 won’t be an easy task, but if anyone can do it, it’s Sturgeon! A teacher, wife, and also a member of the Delaware State Education Association Executive Board, Sturgeon comes with a packed resume.
For Lavelle, who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2001-2013 and the Senate since then, can he muster the support to continue his Senate seat? Delaware Liberal reported yesterday that there are now more registered Republicans than Democrats in the district. Lavelle is a huge supporter of Right To Work laws whereas Sturgeon is not. In education, Lavelle is known more for flip-flopping on the Smarter Balanced vote than anything else. This is a guy, when presented with the opt out bill for a second time, actually said “I wish I could opt out of voting on this bill”.
The Delaware General Election is still far away but several new contenders are putting their names forward. I expect this particular race to get heated very soon! If I were a betting man, Lavelle will attempt to gain votes by discussing the recent DSEA endorsement of Regulation 225. Sturgeon, a teacher in Brandywine, will gain votes from those opposed to Right To Work laws. This will be a very interesting race to watch!