Republican Bonini files for Delaware governor’s race

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Delaware State Senator Colin Bonini has officially filed his paperwork to run for governor.

So far, it’s been a quiet campaign to replace Governor Jack Markell. But Republican Colin Bonini plans to change that this week. 

Bonini has officially filed his campaign paperwork with the Delaware Department of Elections and plans an official campaign launch event in Dover on Saturday.

“In the coming months, I will travel our state with my solutions for improving education, bringing back high paying jobs, making our streets safer and fixing our broken state government,” Bonini said. “I am running for governor because I love Delaware, and I believe the people of this state deserve better.”

Bonini has been a state senator for 22 years and ran an unsuccessful campaign for state treasurer against Democrat Chip Flowers in 2010.

But, Bonini has some competition on the Republican side. He’ll face former State Police Trooper Lacey Lafferty in a Republican primary contest in September. Lafferty filed her campaign paperwork back in March.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate Congressman John Carney. In 2008, Carney lost in a Democratic primary for governor to the man who’s held the job for the past eight years, Governor Jack Markell. Libertarian Goward Sean Louis of Dover has also filed to run for governor.

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