State primary to be held Sept. 13, both face primary challengers.

UPDATE:

The Delaware state election commissioner's officer reported Tuesday that Kevin M. Tinsley, who filed to run for governor on July 11 withdrew his candidacy on July 12.

ORIGINAL STORY

State Sen. Colin Bonini officially set his sights on the governor’s mansion with a campaign rally Saturday, July 9 in Dover. The Republican gubernatorial nomination also is sought by former Delaware State Police trooper Lacey Lafferty. Republicans will choose between them in a Sept. 13 primary.

Echoing his campaign slogan, “Delaware deserves better,” Bonini laid down initiatives he would pursue as the state’s chief executive. Most would center on spending cuts, particularly in the areas of healthcare, to bring the state budget back to realistic terms, he said.

If nominated, Bonini will face either John C. Carney, who is giving up his seat in Congress to run for the governorship or political newcomer Kevin M. Tinsley of Camden. Both filed for election July 11.

Carney and Tinsley will face off in the Democratic primary for the office, also on Sept. 13.

Carney is well ahead of any other candidate in terms of cash, name recognition and voter registration. The filing deadline is Tuesday, July 12, at noon.

The governor’s race has a third-party candidate, Libertarian Sean L. Goward of Dover.