Gunn kicks off lieutenant governor campaign

(Photographs are special to The Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

DOVER — Lieutenant governor candidate La Mar Gunn held a formal ceremony Monday night to announce his campaign.

A Republican, Mr. Gunn ran for Kent County recorder of deeds in 2014, losing by two votes. He is the only Republican running for the lieutenant governor’s office, which is also being sought by six Democrats. The deadline for candidates to file is today.

Mr. Gunn, who had previously announced his intentions, waited until Monday to formally file and then kick off his campaign since July 11 is the anniversary of the founding of the Niagara Movement.

The Niagara Movement was a civil rights group organized by scholar, author and activist W.E.B. DuBois and editor and businessman William Monroe Trotter in 1905.  After being denied admittance to hotels in Buffalo, New York, the group of 29 business owners, teachers, and clergy who comprised the initial meeting gathered at Niagara Falls, from which the group’s name derives.

The Niagara Movement was the forerunner to the establishment of the NAACP in 1909.

Mr. Gunn was joined Monday by Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, who formally launched his campaign for the GOP nomination for governor on Saturday.

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