Progressive newcomers look to shake up Delaware legislature

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democrats remain comfortably in the driver’s seat in Delaware after sweeping statewide and federal contests on Election Day and maintaining their majorities in the state House and Senate. But Tuesday’s results also promise to bring several fresh faces and ideas to the General Assembly. Democrats flipped two state Senate seats that had been held by Republicans while sending several left-leaning progressive newcomers to Dover. The Democratic candidates elected Tuesday include Sarah McBride, who will be the first openly transgender state senator in the country, and the state’s first Muslim lawmaker, Madinah Wilson-Anton. Also, Marie Pinkney and Eric Morrison became the first openly queer woman and gay man, respectively, to win legislative office in Delaware. “It’s a major shift,” said Wilson-Anton, who edged out an incumbent Democrat who had served 22 years in the House by 43 votes in the September Democratic primary before easily defeating her GOP opponent Tuesday. “I’m excited that I’m joining the legislature with a lot of other progressives who have our community’s best interests in mind,” she added. The new class of progressive Democrats has already made it known that they plan to make their voices heard in Legislative Hall, regardless of any customary tradition or deference to senior lawmakers. “I think with the freshman class coming in, there’s going to be a lot of change coming,” said Pinkney, a social worker who identifies as queer and was elected Tuesday. She had unseated the Senate president pro tem, one of the […]

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