REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., June 14—With November midterms just months away, the Delaware Republican Party electrified the Rehoboth Convention Center during their June 4th Convention, where they endorsed four candidates for statewide office and introduced their Rescue Delaware Plan.
The energy in the air during the weekend event was palpable, as the party sensed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn the state to a deeper shade of purple. Sherry Long, member of the Sussex County GOP and recent Peg Hood Award winner, felt this to be a unifying moment not only for Sussex County but for the entire state. “Delawareans have decided that they want change, and, to achieve this, Delaware Republicans are committed to unity and victory above all.”
Party Chair Jane Brady gaveled the event to order at 9:00 AM on Saturday, after which a number of speakers took to the floor, including keynote speaker and election law-expert Joanne W. Young. Young addressed election integrity concerns in the upcoming elections, and she took a number of delegate questions in a lively discussion.
Following the speaker presentations, each GOP region Caucus heard from and endorsed the four statewide candidates running in November. The contested offices include:
Representative for U.S. Congress. Republican Lee Murphy will be running against Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester. A native Delawarean and former teacher, Murphy said his main focus is to protect Delawareans from escalating crime and to introduce greater transparency in government. He believes things have changed dramatically in Delaware since his last run in 2020, feeling that significant headwinds will be facing his opponent come November, especially in terms of gas prices, inflation, and low approval ratings for the current President.
Attorney General. Julianne Murray, an experienced trial lawyer and supporter of the police, will be running against Democrat Kathy Jennings. In 2020, Murray sued Governor Carney when he attempted to place a moratorium on short term rentals (though the case never went to trial as the Governor reversed his decision). Murray also senses a mood shift this year, noting a dramatic drop in President Biden polling, as well as a statewide focus on issues, such as crime, more than political parties this year.
Treasurer. Greg Coverdale will be the GOP candidate running against Colleen Davis. Coverdale, who holds an MBA from DSU and certifications in four different finance-related areas from the Wharton School at U Penn and the Kennedy School at Harvard. Coverdale has worked in the financial services area for decades and currently provides financial advice to DE-based military members and their families.
State Auditor. Janice Lorrah, an attorney who filed suit against Governor Carney over the mask mandates in schools, will be running against Democrat incumbent Kathleen McGuiness, currently under indictment. Lorrah’s certification in forensic accounting will serve her and the citizens of Delaware very well as she advocates for transparency and accountability in Delaware’s government operations.
Marilyn Booker, Chair of the Sussex County Republican Committee, was very excited about the slate of candidates. “These are highly qualified Delawareans who are ready and able to perform the jobs they seek on day one. They have a passion to serve the citizens of our state and will do so skillfully.”
Other down-ticket Republican candidates who spoke on Saturday included Kim Petters, a military veteran, and Ted Kittila, former chair of the International Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, both running for state senate in their respective districts.
Republicans closed the convention by unveiling their Rescue Delaware Plan (https://delawaregop.com/the-rescue-delaware-plan/), a set of comprehensive policy proposals offering compelling solutions to the manifold crises facing current Delaware residents. The GOP rescue plan covers such issues as economic opportunity, public safety, healthcare, education, taxes, and more. “We believe the proposals in this document are supported by most Delawareans across all party lines and will lead to a better quality of life for everyone living in our State,” said party Chair Jane Brady. “We need to make clear that the Republican Party will lead Delaware in a very different direction, which will help all Delawareans,” she concluded, underscoring an issues- rather than ideology-driven approach to solving the problems currently faced by Delaware voters.
About the Sussex County Republican Committee
The Sussex County Republican Committee is a grassroots organization that strives to create an environment that holds dear our God-given rights and fosters an informed and active citizenry. It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Committee to assist in the election of Republican candidates, to act as an advocate for the Republican Party’s principles, and to empower citizens to participate in the political process.
Marilyn Booker, Chair, Sussex County Republican Committee, SussexGOP@protonmail.com