The 2016 Delaware gubernatorial election will take place on November 8, 2016, to elect the Governor of Delaware. Incumbent Democratic Governor Jack Markell is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.
Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the older son of Vice President Joe Biden, was widely seen as the frontrunner, unfortunately he died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015, at the age of 46. Beau was Delaware’s beloved and was a shoe-in, he will definitely be missed.
Today, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement on U.S. Rep. John Carney’s decision to enter the 2016 race to become Governor of Delaware:
“I am very excited John Carney has decided to run for Governor of Delaware, and I will wholeheartedly support his candidacy. I’ve known John as a friend and neighbor for more than twenty years, and I’ve always known him to be a tremendous father, husband, and public servant. John is someone who never forgets where he comes from, and he always puts Delaware first. In Washington, John is widely respected among his colleagues from both parties for his willingness to roll up his sleeves and work across the aisle to find solutions to difficult challenges, and that’s just the approach that will make him a great Governor. I look forward to supporting him any way I can.”
Congressman John C, Carney, Jr has been serving Delaware for over fifteen years starting his services as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Delaware under former Governor Ruth Ann Miller. John is native Delawarean and an establishment Democrat, he has offices in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown where his staff and he serve constituents in addition to his Washington, DC office. John like Governor Markell and Senator Chris Coons is very close to the minority groups in Delaware and is not expected to get any issues with the #BlacklivesMatter like the Democratic Presidential candidates.
The passing of Attorney General Beau Biden was a shock to the Delaware well planned succession planning but Congressman John Charles Carney, Jr experience, services and tacit approval from the Democratic establishment ensures that the First State is ready for 2016.