Fills seat vacated by Bethany Hall-Long.

The Delaware Democratic Party selected Stephanie Hansen to be its nominee for the upcoming special election in the 10th Senate District.

This race is to fill the soon to be vacant Senate seat currently held by Lt. Gov.-elect Bethany Hall-Long.

Local Democrats attended an interest meeting Dec. 14 to hear from the six potential candidates. Each interested party was given a chance to address those in attendance and field questions from the assembly. In accordance with party rules, Representative District Committee members residing in the district met to deliberate the potential candidates and advise New Castle County Chair Betsy Maron, who makes the formal nomination. The committee members unanimously selected Hansen.

Hansen has played a role in the redevelopment of former industrial and commercial properties bringing in jobs and services to Delaware’s communities. She was the founder and president of the Bear Glasgow Council of Civic Organizations and served as president of New Castle County Council from 1997 to 2001.

“While I am sure every one of our potential nominees would have made great candidates, I am confident that the committee has selected the best person for the job,” said Maron. “The committee was impressed with Ms. Hansen's breadth of governmental experience and background. Democrats across the state can now focus squarely on protecting our majority in the state Senate. We cannot allow Republicans to bring their discriminatory and anti-worker agenda to Delaware’s General Assembly.”

Hansen will formally file her candidacy when an election date is set.