Delaware Members Win Elections



NCBW Delaware Chapter Members Win Big

Lisa Blunt Rochester wins Democratic primary for Congress


From a report by Scott Goss, The News Journal

Lisa Blunt Rochester topped a six-candidate field Tuesday to win the Democratic primary for Delaware’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

The state’s first African-American female state labor secretary will now look to become the first African-American and first woman elected to Congress in Delaware.

Blunt Rochester received nearly 44 percent of the more than 63,500 ballots cast.

Blunt Rochester advances to the general election to face Republican Hans Reigle, Green Party candidate Mark Joseph and Libertarian Scott Gesty – all of whom were unopposed in their parties.

The winner of that race will take over the U.S. House seat held by Democrat John Carney, who is making a second bid to be Delaware’s governor.

Tuesday’s Democratic primary was Blunt Rochester’s first foray into elected politics.

The daughter of former Wilmington City Council President Ted Blunt, she previously served as Delaware labor secretary under Gov. Thomas Carper and state personnel director under Gov. Ruth Ann Minner – the first African-American woman in both positions.



Hanifa G.N. Shabazz to lead Wilmington City Council


From a report by Esteban Parra, The News Journal

Wilmington City Council got a facelift with four newcomers and a new president being elected Tuesday to the city’s 13-member legislative body.

A total of 28 people ran for 10 contested council seats, including five district spots, four at-large seats and the council president position.

The council will be led by Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, who served 12 years representing Wilmington’s 4th District. With no Republican candidate running against her in November’s general election, Shabazz will replace Theo Gregory, who ran unsuccessfully for Wilmington mayor. Shabazz, who easily edged out fellow council member Justen Wright and John McCafferty, will become the first woman to serve as Wilmington’s council president.

As new council president Shabazz will set the tone for the mostly rookie assembly, responsible for Wilmington’s tax rates and a more than $150 million budget, among other things.