Senate Democrats draw up new Delaware maps

Senate Democrats have unveiled a legislative redistricting plan for Delaware that merges two New Castle County districts, creates a new Sussex County district, and sets up a possible showdown between two veteran lawmakers.

Delaware lawmakers are required to redraw maps every decade following the Census release. Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives released proposals earlier in the week.

“It’s a tough and grueling process that we go through every 10 years,” said Senate president pro tem Anthony DeLuca. “We believe that we’ve met every statutory requirement in the way we balanced our districts.”

The Democrats’ plan creates a new district in Sussex County that includes Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Milton. It also merges a New Castle County District that could pit Newark-area Democratic Senator David Sokola against Senate Minority Whip Liane Sorenson, a Hockessin Republican. The two lawmakers have a combined 37 years of Senate experience.

Next up is a public hearing on the plan, scheduled for 7 p.m., June 2, in the Senate chamber at Legislative Hall in Dover.

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