The National Federation of Independent Business Delaware Political Action Committee endorsed John Marino in the 10th State Senate race. The special election is taking place this Saturday to fill a vacancy in the Delaware Senate that will determine the majority in the upper body.
Marino, a Middletown businessman, is squaring off against environmental lawyer and former New Castle County President Stephanie Hansen, a Democrat.
“As a small business owner, John Marino knows all too well the struggles of owning and operating in the state of Delaware. After receiving his candidate survey, the choice for endorsement in this race was clear,” according to NFIB Delaware State Director, Mike O’Halloran. “If elected, his focus will be on legislation that keeps lawmakers out of the day to day operation of small businesses and ensures economic growth. Our members could certainly use more lawmakers that think along the same lines as Mr. Marino.”
Saturday’s special election was called after incumbent Bethany Hall-Long was elected Lieutenant Governor. Marino is also a retired police officer..
Democrats have spent heavily on the race, which is being portrayed by some as a referendum on President Donald Trump. Following the Washington march last month, women Democrats called for volunteers to knock on doors in the 10th District.
The district extends from the Newark area into Middletown. Marino previously ran a strong race against longand fell only a couple of hundred voters short. However, spending on the race has reportedly risen to $1 million, an astronomical figure by Delaware standards. Much of the money has been spent by Democrats.
“The combination of his dedication to reducing regulations as well as his determination to fight for fiscally responsible reforms will make Mr. Marino an excellent additional to Dover if he is elected,” continued O’Halloran. “Ultimately, what our members strive for is a reduction in the cost of doing business in Delaware. We hope to work with Mr. Marino in the Senate to make that a reality.”
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce did not endorse a candidate in the race and other groups have shied away from endorsements.