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Kovach decides against entering race for NCCo Council president


Republican Tom Kovach won’t mount write-in run for New Castle County Council President against Democrat Karen Hartley-Nagle.

Kovach, who occasionally serves as a political analyst for Delaware Public Media, says after careful consideration he concluded such a bid would not succeed.

"I feel very strongly that people deserve the best leadership possible from their elected officials.  Providing a choice in that leadership is crucial to having the best representation possible, which is the reason I seriously considered a write-in candidacy," said Kovach in a statement.  "However, after a lot of back and forth, analysis, and feedback, I've decided it would be impossible to prevail in this race as a write-in candidate, so there's no reason to put such a strain on my kids, my friends, my supporters, or myself."

The former New Castle County Council president and State representative said earlier this week he was mulling a run after being approached by several elected officials from both parties asking him to run. He says they worried that Hartley-Nagle and both candidates for New Castle County executive, Democrat Matt Meyer and Republican Mark Blake, have never held elected office. 

Hartley-Nagle won the Democratic primary for New Castle County Council president just over two weeks ago and is unopposed in November’s general election. 

Friday is the deadline to file paperwork as a write-in candidate.

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