Gubernatorial candidate Bonini is ‘in it to win’

DOVER — Gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover, said Monday he will indeed run for office next year. The announcement comes after he had contemplated backing out of the race in the face of what looks to be a challenging campaign against U.S. Rep. John Carney, a Democrat seeking Delaware’s top office.

Sen. Colin Bonini

Sen. Colin Bonini

Sen. Bonini, who revealed his plans last November, admitted he had “had some doubts,” which surfaced in the media, but said he is fully engaged and focused on running.

“I’m in, and I’m in it to win,” he said in a statement. “It’s too critical a time in our history to simply allow the ‘next guy up’ to assume such a critical role. Our government is simply not getting results for everyday Delawareans, and it hasn’t for some time.”

First elected in 1994, Sen. Bonini, 50, has consistently argued for lower government spending and has become known for voting against the end-of-year budget bill.

After back-to-back two-term Republican governors from 1977 to 1992, Delaware has had three Democratic governors in a row, each serving a full eight years.

Rep. Carney announced his bid in September to replace term-limited Gov. Jack Markell. Rep. Carney served as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009, narrowly losing a primary for the top office to then-Treasurer Markell in 2008.

“Four more years of the same people in the same places will not help anyone out of poverty, it won’t make our communities safer, it won’t help kids get a better education and it won’t put Delawareans back to work,” Sen. Bonini said. “Now more than ever, it’s time for something different.”

Democratic oversight has resulted in the loss of many jobs in Delaware, he argued.

“Last time we had Republican governors in Delaware, we created a financial sector so strong that we’re still reaping the benefits today,” he said. “I will bring back that spirit of creation, so that we can bring prosperity once again to Delaware.”

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