The Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) announced Wednesday that the association has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Hansen in the special state Senate election in the 10th District. The district includes parts of Middletown and the Glasgow area in southwestern New Castle County.

According to a DSEA press release, the association's  interview committee -- comprised of Democrat, Independent, and Republican educators from across the state -- questioned Hansen and Republican candidate John Marino on a wide array of education and worker's rights issues before issuing the recommendation.

The Transcript has also received information on a third candidate, Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer, who plans to file for office, but he hadn't filed as of Jan. 25 at noon, according to the Delaware Department of Elections website.

"Stephanie Hansen is an advocate for bringing more resources into our classrooms, and cutting the bureacratic red-tape in Dover that keeps us from doing so," said DSEA President Frederika Jenner. "She supports additional funding and support for special education and children living in poverty. That is exactly what we need in our next state Senator. Stephanie's willingness to listen and her responsiveness to educators, along with her respect of what they do, will make her a great advocate for our members in Legislative Hall."

The special election has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Senate seat was vacated by Democrat Bethany Hall-Long who won election as lieutenant governor.

The special election will also decide which party controls the Senate. Right now, there are 10 Democratic Senators and 10 Republican Senators.