Two Delaware lawmakers unseated in Tuesday’s primary

 Rep. Donald Blakey and Rep. Dennis Williams (Delaware State Legislature)

Rep. Donald Blakey and Rep. Dennis Williams (Delaware State Legislature)

One Democrat and one Republican lost their seats in the state House following Tuesday’s primary in Delaware.

In the District 10 race, Democrat Sean Matthews defeated incumbent Rep. Dennis Williams with 55 percent of the votes.

Williams was first elected to the House in 2008. He served on a handful of committees and was vice-chair of the House Economic and Banking Committee.

Meanwhile, Rep. Donald Blakey, R-District 34, lost to Lyndon Yearick, who secured 58 percent of the votes.

  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

Blakey was elected in 2006 and was the only black Republican in the House. This is the first time Blakey was challenged in the primary.

In Wilmington, Sen. Robert Marshall, a 36-year veteran of the state Senate, held on to District 3 by just 37 votes over Wilmington City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker.

While some races were close, other lawmakers walked away from the election with ease.

Rep. Valarie Longhurst, the house Majority Leader, easily defeated her democratic challenger, James Burton, with 64 percent of the votes in District 15. She’ll face Republican Matthew Lenzini in the November election.

Democrat Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-District 11, faced New Castle County Councilman David Tackett. Townsend walked away with 78 percent of the votes.

In District 31, Democrat Sean Lynn will face off against Republican Sam Chick in November for a House seat formerly held by Rep. Darryl Scott. Scott announced earlier this year that he was not seeking re-election.

Following the primary results, Delaware Republican Party Leader Charlie Copeland said his party has a strong group of candidates that will be unified in their goals for the state.

“I think we put together a great field of candidates that can really bring forward a message of economic change, economic growth, individuals coming together and making real changes,” Copeland said.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal