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Congressman John Carney Says he Intends to Run for Del. Governor

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    Congressman John Carney on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, announced his intention to run for Delaware governor. Click on "more" to read Carney's full biography.More
    Congressman John Carney on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, announced his intention to run for Delaware governor. Click on "more" to read Carney's full biography.More

DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- US Rep. John Carney, D-Delaware, has announced his intention to run for governor.

The state's lone member of the US House of Representatives threw his hat in the ring for Delaware's top state job Wednesday, saying he is filing paperwork to form a gubernatorial campaign committee.

Carney served as Delaware's lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009. He ran for the governor's office in 2008 but lost in the Democratic primary to now-Gov. Jack Markell.

He won a Democratic seat in Congress in 2010. It was the seat previously held by Rep. Mike Castle, R-Delaware. Castle ran unsuccessfully for the Senate that year.

Carney has long been known to be considering another gubernatorial run for governor. That speculation kicked into high gear following the unexpected and untimely death of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. Biden announced he planned to run for governor in 2016 when he announced in 2014 he would not seek a third term as AG.

In a statement, Carney said he had intended to support Beau Biden as Delaware's next governor and continue his work in Congress.

"Like so many across our state, I wish he'd had that chance," Carney said. "Yet, a season after Beau's passing, we're confronted with the fact that those same challenges Beau was ready to face still loom large along our state's horizon. And someone has to step up to meet them. After many conversations with my family and the people I represent, and much reflection, I've decided to ask the people of Delaware to give me the chance to tackle these challenges as our state's next governor."

Following Carney's announcement, Delaware's two Democratic senators, Tom Carper and Chris Coons, said they would support his candidacy for governor. 

"Delaware’s next governor will continue to face many challenges in the years ahead as we seek to grow our economy and state revenues, while finding ways to achieve better results for less money," Carper said in a statement. "John Carney is made of the right stuff to lead the people of the First State, and I look forward to supporting his candidacy."

Coons, also released a statement. He said, "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."

Delaware Republican Party Chairman Charlie Copeland also issued a statement in response to Markell's announcement.

"If you like wasteful government spending, higher taxes, and Ruth Ann Minner then you'll love John Carney," Copeland said. 

Multiple Democratic politicians have expressed interest in running for US representative if Carney decided to go for the governorship. There are also candidates for governor of the Republican side that have already announced their intention to run, including Dover-area state Sen. Colin Bonini.

Former-Wyoming Mayor Hans Reigle has announced he is running for the representative seat in 2016 on the Republican side.

Click here to read Carney's full statement announcing his intention to run for governor. 

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