Delaware Public Media

2020 Candidate Conversations: Governor

Sep 4, 2020

The 2020 election cycle is now in full swing.

As part of our election coverage, Delaware Public Media is offering a series a Candidate Conversations - including in the race for Governor.

We’ve reached out to all candidates that have filed to run in the races for U.S. House and  U.S. Senate, as well as the races for state Governor, Lt. Governor and Insurance Commissioner and invited them to sit down with us. Candidates in each race are being asked about the same series of topics to allow you to get to know then and compare them.

The race for Govrnor features 9 candidates challenging the incumbent, Democrat John Carney, including six people facing off in the Republican primary in September.

Candidate Conversations are part of Delaware Debates 2020, a collaboration between Delaware Public Media and the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication.

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Republican Colin Bonini has served as a State Senator for his Dover area district since 1994.  He ran and lost to Gov. John Carney 4 years ago. He also ran for State Treasurer in 2010, losing to Democrat Chip Flowers.

His campaign website is here.

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Gov. John Carney is the Democratic incumbent.  He won the office in 2016, defeating Republican Colin Bonini. Before that he served 3 terms in the U.S. House and was Lt. Gov. under Ruth Ann Minner from 2001-2009.

His campaign website is here.

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Kathy DeMatties is making her first run for statewide office, running under the Independent Party of Delaware banner.

Her campaign website is here.

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Republican David Graham ran for Governor in 2004, losing in the Republican primary, then ran as write-in candidate in 2012.  He most recently ran for Attorney General under the Independent Party of Delaware banner in 2014.

His campaign website is here.

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Republican Julianne Murray is a political newcomer making her first run for office.

Her campaign website is here.

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Republican Bryant Richardson has represented the Seaford area in the state Sente since 2014.  This is his first run for statewide office.

His campaign website is here.

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Republican Scott Walker upended conventional wisdom 2 years ago, defeating Lee Murphy in the GOP Primary for US House before losing to Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester in the general. That came after running for US House as a Democrat in 216 and losing in a losing in a 6 way primary.

He does not have a campaign website.

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Democrat David Lamar Williams Jr. is making his first run for statewide office.

His campaign website is here.

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Republican David Bosco and Libertarian John Machurek are also in the race for Governore, but not included in our Candidate Conversation series.  They did not respond to our requests to schedule an interview time.