Candidates describe their districts as mainly conservative

Two Democrats vying to represent the M.O.T. area in Dover said that they would vote against same-sex marriage because their districts are more conservative than not.

In a candidate forum hosted by The Middletown Transcript Oct. 18, 14th Senate district incumbent Bruce Ennis and 11th district House of Representative candidate Lynne Newlin both addressed several topics that elected officials in Delaware face.

One of these was marriage equality.

Newlin and Ennis did not debate each other. Their opponents were not present.

Ennis, a Smyrna resident, said that he supports traditional marriage and that his district, which covers some of Smyrna, Townsend, and Middletown, mainly doesn't support same-sex marriage either.

"I also have a conservative district," Newlin said. "I would vote in favor of my constituents."

She added that she believes in equality across the board.

Newlin is running against Republican Jeffrey N. Spiegelman and Libertarian Margaret McKeown to represent the newly created 11th district, which covers areas of Kenton and Townsend.

In the 11th district, there are 5,633 registered voters as of Sept. 1.

More than 2,600 are registered Democrats and more than 1,500 are Republican.

"Marriage should be decided at the church level," Newlin said Oct. 18 to a crowd of about 15. "I support civil unions, but not same-sex marriage."

Ennis said that he would not support doing away with one-man and one-woman.

"My district mainly doesn't support it," he said.

Ennis is running against Republican Scott Unruh.

There are 20,027 registered voters in the 14th Senate District.

Nearly 9,300 voters are registered Democrat and more than 5,900 are Republican.

The General Elections are Nov. 6.