UPDATE: LEGISLATIVE EARLY LINE 2016
Posted: April 13, 2016
For months now, there has been only one legislator who definitely was not coming back for the next term of the Delaware General Assembly, and there still is.
Except it is a different legislator.
What was once the case for Bryon Short is now the case for Jack Peterman, and the shakeup has two primaries popping.
Short had the big idea he was going to move on up from Legislative Hall in Dover to the Capitol in D.C., but he gave it up last week when he figured his campaign contributions were not what he thought they should be.
Short dropped out of the Democratic congressional primary and filed instead for re-election as a state representative in Brandywine Hundred. The problem is three other Democrats were already running to replace him, and nobody yet has made a move to get out of his way.
Peterman took himself out not because of politics, but health, in deciding not to run again as a Republican state representative from a Milford area district.
Peterman has endorsed Bob Scott, a longtime top officer in the Houston fire company, to be his Republican replacement, but it has not deterred two other Republicans from getting into the race -- Charlie Postles, a farmer who ran against Peterman in a 2012 primary, and Morgan Hudson, who works for a company that cleans up construction sites before the ribbon-cutting.
Unlike other years, Election Day might not be the final say on the makeup of the next legislature.
Four state senators are running mid-term for higher office, and if any of them get there, they would have to be replaced by special election.
The political-climbing set has in it Colin Bonini, a Republican running for governor, Bethany Hall-Long, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor, Bob Marshall, a Democrat running for Wilmington mayor, and Bryan Townsend, a Democrat running for congressman.
As legislators hoping not to return, they stand apart from the two usual types of legislators who are not coming back, namely, the ones who know it and the ones who do not know it yet.
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TOP LEGISLATIVE RACES
State Senate: 12 Democrats, 9 Republicans (11 seats up)
State House of Representatives: 25 Democrats, 16 Republicans (All 41 seats up)
Incumbents in bold