Republican Brandt announces run for U.S. House

Ed Brandt

DOVER — Republican Ed Brandt announced over the weekend he plans to seek the party’s nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is the first Republican to enter the race.

Mr. Brandt, a chaplain brigadier general in the Army National Guard, announced his candidacy Saturday at a Kent County Republican Party dinner.

“Too frequently the political class in Washington focuses on the issues that divide us most, and ignore the real challenges the people of Delaware face,” he said in a statement. “I believe it’s time we put the First State first.”

Should he win the GOP nomination, he would take on Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, a Democrat first elected in 2016.

Mr. Brandt currently serves as the U.S. deputy chief of chaplains for the Army National Guard and the senior army national guard chaplain. He deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009 with the 261st Signal Brigade of Smyrna and was awarded the Bronze Star medal.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is a member of the Brandywine Hundred Rotary Club and a past president of the Hockessin Rotary Club.

“I have painfully witnessed the impact of government shutdowns,” he said. “I am committed to fulfilling our sacred promise to not only our nation’s veterans, but to Delawareans that are struggling in today’s economy, finding a solution to the opioid crisis, providing the best educational opportunities for our youth and ensuring proper care for Delawareans that have entered their golden years.”

Rep. Blunt Rochester has not officially filed but is expected to run for a second term. She won a six-way primary and then claimed 55.5 percent of the vote in the general election to become both Delaware’s first female and its first black member of Congress.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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