Widener Law Hosts Debate Between Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates
Web Editor - Published: August 27, 2008

Widener Law’s Delaware Campus hosted a live debate between the two candidates running in the primary to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Governor of Delaware. WDEL 1150 AM News Talk Radio aired the debate live from the Ruby R. Vale Moot Court Room from 8:00 to 9:30 AM.

Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons offered a short welcome to open the debate, saying, “Widener Law is proud to be a part of this terrific public service, and we hope that it helps educate the voters about this very important race.”

Supporters of both candidates packed the Ruby R. Vale Moot Court Room, nearly filling it to capacity, and the campus was festooned with signs proclaiming support for each candidate. Markell stressed the need for a new direction for Delaware, saying that the state needed to move beyond the Minner-Carney years, and he discussed his successes in growing the Office of State Treasurer as well as his experiences working for Nextel. Carney stressed his eight years of active service as Lieutenant Governor, suggesting that he will continue to work to create new jobs by growing Delaware’s science and technology industries, and he cited his success working with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute as well as successful negotiations with Blue Water Wind to create an offshore wind park.

The debate touched on a number of topics ranging from reassessing property taxes to the significance of the city of Wilmington. The debate opened with a question about each candidate’s thoughts about whether Governor Minner or the incoming Governor should be responsible for picking a replacement for Senator Biden if he resigns his Senate seat to become the Vice President in the event of Barack Obama being elected. Both candidates agreed that the decision would be Governor Minner’s and that she should select whoever she believed would be best for the job.

WDEL 1150 AM morning news anchor Mellany Armstrong served as the moderator for the debate while a panel made up of local journalists Allan Loudell of 1150 AM WDEL, Mark Nardone of Delaware Today magazine, and Carl Kanefsky of 1150 AM WDEL asked questions of the candidates.

The primary is set to take place on Tuesday, September 9th.