DOVER, Del.- Following Rep. Brad Bennett's announcement on Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election, House Republicans say they wish Bennett the best but the election could be a big help for them.
"I have always said, 'One party rule is not good for any state.' and we need to turn this around," said House Minority Whip Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View. "And this may give us a chance to pick up Brad's seat on the Republican side."
Bennett was elected to the House in 2008. He is taking a step back from the legislature to deal with personal issues stemming from his second DUI arrest in April in Wilmington.
He tearfully announced his decision not to run for re-election Tuesday.
"Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence and head of the House, I hope I can ensure the 32nd District is not without representation in the closing days and I will retire and not seek re-election from this House and I will devote my time to taking care of myself and my family," Bennett said.
With Bennett's exit, many Republicans are saying the 32nd District is anyone's game, but not so fast, according to House Majority Leader Peter Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth. He said he is ready for a primary with a lot of Democratic candidates.
"If there's more than one candidate, I'm OK with that," he said. "We'll pick the best one that the district likes, we'll vote them in and we'll move from there."
There is currently only one candidate on the ballot for the 32nd District: Republican Ellis Parrott. Candidates have until July 10 to register for the Sept. 10 primary.
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:53 PM EST2013-12-06 01:53:54 GMT
MILFORD, Del. - It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie.A high speed chase through Eastern Sussex County that eventually ended near Milford, but not after a 70-mile cat-and-mouse game with police. PoliceMore
Police officers chased 45-year old Jorge Vasquez for almost two hours through multiple towns. That has some people questioning whether police should have stopped the pursuit.More
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:40 PM EST2013-12-06 01:40:13 GMT
MILFORD, Del. - Walking inside of Bonnie and Hank McCann's Milford home, you'll find a Christmas wonderland of sorts. "It just kind of gives you that wonderland effect walking in the door," said BonnieMore
Walking inside of Bonnie and Hank McCann's Milford home, you'll find a Christmas wonderland of sorts.More
Thursday, December 5 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-12-06 00:23:26 GMT
SALISBURY, Md.-Late last week Salisbury City Council President, Jake Day was pulled over in Anne Arundel County. According to online Maryland Court records he's accused that day of driving 73mph in aMore
Late last week Salisbury City Council President, Jake Day was pulled over in Anne Arundel County.
According to online Maryland Court records he's accused that day of driving 73mph in a 55mph zone.
Thursday, December 5 2013 3:55 PM EST2013-12-05 20:55:07 GMT
Princess Anne, MD –Maryland State Police criminal investigators arrested two suspects today in the murder of Adrian Lurele Marshall in Princess Anne. Police say those arrested are identified as BrandonMore
Maryland State Police on Thursday arrested two suspects in connection with last week's fatal shooting of a Princess Anne man.More
A high-speed police chase that traversed eastern Sussex County ended in Milford on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Georgetown Police say they've arrested 45 year old Jorge Vasquez for reckless endangering, resisting arrest, failure to stop on command of a police officer and numerous other traffic offenses, in connection with today's chase.More