The Green Papers: Delaware 2009 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2009. Find 2010 elections here.
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Electoral Votes:3(0.56% of 538)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2002-2010 Representatives:1(0.23% of 435)
2000 Census:785,068 (0.28% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):582,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):505,360

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Delaware State and Local Government

NOTE re: elections for the GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DELAWARE elects approximately half its State Senate every two years, Senators so elected serving four-year terms (except in General Elections held in the calendar year of a Federal Decennial Census, when Senators elected that year are elected for two-year terms so that all 21 State Senators can be elected two years later [to better accommodate redistricting as a result of the latest Census], approximately half of whom elected in such an "all-up" election will be elected to two-year terms).

In 2008, State Senators in the following 10 Senatorial Districts: 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 21 will up for election; the State Senators representing the remaining 11 Senatorial Districts were elected to four-year terms in 2006 and, therefore, these seats will be up for election to a 2-year term in 2010 (that being the year of a Federal Decennial Census).

The entire House of Representatives is elected for two-year terms and, thus, State Representatives in all 41 Representative Districts will be up for election in 2008.

The state legislators who will meet over the two years from 2009 through 2010 will make up the 145th DELAWARE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 111th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Thomas R. "Tom" Carper
First elected: 2000; re-elected 2006
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990;
elected Governor: 1992; re-elected: 1996]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 2 Democratic Senator Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman
Appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr., effective 15 January 2009 after having been elected Vice President; appointed 15 January 2009 and sworn 16 January 2009
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - Senator Kaufman has stated he will not run for election to the Senate in his own right.
Next regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

24 November 2008: Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D-Delaware) announced that she would appoint Ted Kaufman, a long-time aide to Senator (now Vice President-elect) Joseph Biden, to the seat Biden will have to vacate prior to Noon Eastern Time next 20 January, when he is scheduled to be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States. Senator Biden won re-election to his seat (as well as the Vice-Presidency) in the 4 November Elections; Kaufman would be appointed to serve until a successor is chosen by the People of the State of Delaware in a Special Election in November 2010.

9 January 2009: Vice President-elect Biden will resign his Senate Seat effective at 5 PM Eastern Time (2000 UTC) on Thursday 15 January 2009.

15 January 2009: Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden is resigning his Senate seat (to which he had been re-elected in the 4 November 2008 election) today; his long-time aide- Ted Kaufman (Democrat), appointed by Delaware's Governor as Biden's temporary replacement (pending a Special Election in November 2010)- is to be formally sworn in 16 January 2009. This change has no effect on the political breakdown of the U.S. Senate in the 111th Congress. Senator Biden was first elected in 1972; and re-elected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008.

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Jack A. Markell
First elected: 2008
Chair up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Elected separately from Governor

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Matthew P. "Matt" Denn
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

111th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 111th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Republican (1 Open)

Republican Congressman Michael N. "Mike" Castle
First elected: 1992; [also served as Governor- elected: 1984; re-elected: 1988]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - 6 October 2009: Running for the Senate Class 2 Seat in 2010.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Attorney General Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - Likely candidate for the Senate Class 3 seat in 2010

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter
Appointed: 2009 (by Governor and former Treasurer Jack Markell upon his ascention to the Governor's Chair)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
 20 January 2009: Delaware Governor Jack Markell (Democratic) appointed Velda Jones-Potter (Democratic) to replace him as State Treasurer. Jones-Potter states she will serve the remaining two years of the term and will not run for re-election in 2010. Governor Markell was elected Governor in 2008. He was first elected Treasurer in 1998 then re-elected in 2002 and 2006.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Auditor R. Thomas "Tom" Wagner, Jr.
Appointed: 1989 (by Governor Michael N. Castle); first elected: 1990; re-elected: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Commissioner of Insurance Karen Weldin Stewart
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents
  Republican: 2 incumbents
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.


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