Posted: May 28, 2008

Ted Blunt, the Wilmington City Council's Democratic president, announced Friday evening, May 16, that is suspending his campaign for lieutenant governor of Delaware.

Outlining his reasons for the decision, Blunt stated:

"The first reason is that I believe we are at a pivotal juncture in our state and in our country that will require us to make individual sacrifices for the greater good. As we look to the fall elections, a united Democratic Party will be more successful than a divided one.

"Second, over the past two years we have worked to raise money and spread our message of building strong families and communities. Because of the thousands of contributors, we were able to raise almost $200,000. This is more than we raised during all of my campaigns combined. However, it is celar to me that mounting a statewide campaign at this time in our history requires unprecedented resources and is a challenge even for someone who has run successfully for over 20 years.

"Third and most importantly, I have been blessed with a very loving and supportive family, and as I leave the campaign trail, I am looking forward to spending more time with them. My three daughters ran this campaign, and I am proud of the work that they did. Up and down the state, we connected with old friends and colleagues and made new ones. We raised awareness of issues, such as the economy, healthy life styles and educating our youth. I grew as an individual, and my family is stronger.

"I thank all of the volunteers, contributors and supporters who have joined 'Ted's Team' on this journey. I am proud of the positive campaign that we ran and am extremely grateful to my team for dedicating themselves to that positive spirit in everything they said and did on my behalf."

While Blunt will serve out his term as City Council president, he will not be seeking elective office in the future. "During this election, I will continue to serve this great state by working with others who will carry out our campaign motto from Marian Wright Edelman -- 'Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth.'"

One of the goals of the campaign and Blunt's career was to be an example to under-represented populations in the political process, and Blunt believes he has achieved that goal. Blunt said, "The victory for me was not in winning one seat, but how we ran our race and the inspiration we gave to others. I will take what I've learned and help those who also wish to serve. There is no greater reward."