Two candidates file for state Senate offices

DOVER — Republican Carl Pace filed for the 14th Senatorial District last week, and Monday, Democrat Denise Bowers announced her plans to run for the 5th Senatorial District.

Carl Pace

Carl Pace

The 14th District, which covers the Smyrna-Clayton area, is currently represented by Sen. Bruce Ennis, a Democrat. In the 5th District, which includes Arden, Republican Sen. Catherine Cloutier holds the seat.

Mr. Pace is a small-business owner. He formerly worked for MBNA America and the New Castle County Sheriff’s office.

“I have seen the challenges presented to this state and how political decisions impact the citizens who call Delaware home,” he said. “The good people of 14th Senate District deserve a great life in a great state with a positive future.

“The right leader will not be afraid to make the hard decision, even when it is not popular or politically feasible. I am that leader. I am the right choice for a better Delaware.”

Denise Bowers

Denise Bowers

Ms. Bowers worked as a Wilmington police officer for 21 years and in 2014 became the statewide director for the Treatment Access Center, which provides a connection between the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the Delaware court system.

“I’ve always been passionate about extending a helping hand to those that need it most and I think serving in the Senate offers an exciting new opportunity to do just that,” she said. “I know I’d lend a new perspective to the ongoing efforts to tackle violent crime across the state, enhance addiction services and make key criminal justice reforms.”

Ms. Bowers is backed by Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, D-Elsmere, and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear.

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