Democrats have a busy primary season

Before facing Republican, Green and Libertarian challengers in the general election, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will have to defend his seat against an opponent in the Sept. 6 primary election.

Democratic challenger Kerri Evelyn Harris is hoping to deny Carper a fourth term, and she isn’t the only Democrat hoping to oust an incumbent in a primary. Democrats in four General Assembly House races, three new Castle County races and one Sussex County race want to replace elected officials from their own party.

No Republicans in office face primary challengers, but multiple Republican candidates in one state Senate and three House races will mean that primaries will decide who gets to move on to the November general election.

Federal offices

Republicans will choose among three candidates for U.S. Senate and two candidates for U.S. House of Representatives.

Among the three Republicans seeking to take Carper’s seat is Sussex County 5th District Councilman Robert Arlett. He will have to first get by fellow Republicans Roque de la Fuenta and Eugene J. Truono Jr. to move on.

In the Sussex 5th District County Council race, Kevin Christophel and John L. Rieley will battle it out for the Republican nomination.

Republican voters also have to decide between Lee Murphy and Scott Walker to see which will earn the right to take on incumbent Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester for Delaware’s lone U.S. House seat.

State government

In the state Senate, District 18 Republican Sen. F. Gary Simpson announced his retirement, and Republican David Wilson will give up House District 35 seat to run for that office. Two Republicans, Jesse Vanderwende and Robert Mitchell, will face off in a District 35 primary for the right to move on to the general election.

In other Republican primaries:

In Kent County, Donyle Hall and Justin King have filed for the Senate District 17 seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Brian Bushweller.

In New Castle County’s 22nd House District, Michael Smith and Katherine Beard will face off in a primary, with the winner going on face a Democratic challenger. The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican Joseph Miro.

Kent County Republican voters in House District 31 will have to decide between David Levi Anderson and Jean M. Dowding, with the winner going on to face the winner in Democratic primary in the same race. Democratic incumbent Sean M. Lynn is one of four sitting House members who have primary challengers. Lynn will face Ralph Taylor for the right to be the Democratic nominee in the district.

Other Democratic races:

Democrats in three other state House districts face primary challengers.

In House District 1, incumbent Charles Potter Jr. will face Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha; in House District 2, Stephanie Bolden will face challenger Ugundi Oday Jacobs; and in House District 19, incumbent Kimberly Williams will have to defend her seat against Megen O’Donnell.

Democrats will also see primary battles in the race for State Auditor, Attorney General, Senate districts 2 and 3 and House districts 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 17 and 22.

In New Castle County, a Democratic primary will decide which candidate moves on to the general election for Sheriff, County Council District 1 and County Council District 4.

The two major parties have until Sept. 4 to name a candidate in any race where no one from their party has filed to run.