Speak Up: Carper to retire, will not seek reelection


Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., will forego reelection and retire at the conclusion of his term in 2025, he announced May 22.

During the final 20 months of his term, Sen. Carper said he would continue to prioritize clean energy and the environment, taxes and trade, health care, improving the workforce and “Delaware-specific initiatives,” like expanding the Port of Wilmington and protecting the state’s coastal communities.

  • Will Jack Markell jump back into the ring? — Bernard O’Donnell
  • Finally! Now, the rest should follow. — Tony Dominick
  • It’s just gonna be worse or the same (Lisa Blunt Rochester). — Clint Brothers
  • Eric Buckson! — Sue Harris
  • All one big plan. Retire so John Carney can run for the Senate, just watch. We won’t be any better off than we are now. — Bobby Brooks
  • Nope, John Carney is done. Lisa Blunt Rochester will run for Tom Carper’s spot. Then, Sarah McBride will run for LBR’s seat, and we’ll have our first transgender representative. — Chuck Lee
  • Only to be replaced by another lousy Democrat. — Marc Kucek
  • Whoa. Hope there are good Democrats ready. — Ron Harbeson
  • Musical chairs. #TermLimits. — A.B. Dorsey
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