The Democratic and Republican primaries for the 32nd District of the Delaware House of Representatives had an amicable, bipartisan feel about it as a steady trickle of voters poured in Reily Brown Elementary School in South Dover. Democratic foes Andria Bennett and Bill McGlumphy shook hands with Republican voters, and Bennett shook hands with Republican candidate Ellis Parrott.
At first glance, the steady stream of people filtering into W. Reily Brown Elementary School in South Dover made it look like it was going to be a big turnout of voters in the Democratic and Republican primaries for the 32nd District of the state House of Representatives.
This was the crowded race in which Democrats Andria Bennett, the wife of retiring State Rep. Brad Bennett (D-Dover), and retired City Councilman William McGlumphy battled each other for the right to face the winner of the Republican Primary – retired judge Ellis Parrott or software engineer Will McVay.
It turned out that Caesar Rodney School District was having a teacher in service day, and what at first glance looked like voters were school staffers reporting to work.
But throughout the morning, a trickle of voters did cast ballots at the school, evoking two common themes — the passion to participate in the American electoral process and a longing for some change in the state Legislature.
"We all have a civic responsibility here," Republican Dick Cook said. "We don't want to pass up the opportunity to let our voice be heard. I'm looking forward to the November election, actually."
Gene Strine, a Democrat, his wife, Republican Geri Strine, and their son, Frank Strine, another Republican, were also among those who came out to vote at Reily Elementary in the Caesar Rodney School District.
"We're looking for change," Geri Strine said.
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"We need to get some new blood in here," added her husband, Gene. "We've got these people that have been in there 20, 30 and 40 years. We need to get some of these people out of there."
Republican Larry Mallery, who also voted at Reily, also wanted to see some new faces in state government.
"There's a lot of things that won't be fixed without change," he said. "I never miss an election. I always vote. I'm registered Republican, but when it comes to the General Election I vote for who I want."
But, everything was amicable – almost bipartisan – such as when Bennett, a Democrat, helped Geri Strine with her purse as she got out of her car.
"The response has been positive," Bennett said. "Even while knocking on doors and things of that sort, everybody's nice. They're not rude; they smile."
"They're very cordial." McGlumphy added.
On Tuesday morning, Parrott expected turnout would pick up during the lunch hour and the rush hour.
"It's picked up a little bit from what I've seen," Parrott said. "Everyone's friendly. It's such a beautiful day; I think that helps. I'm just making the rounds."