Kerri Evelyn Harris wins four-headed race in 32nd District

By Mike Finney
Posted 9/13/22

DOVER – Since incumbent Rep. Andria Bennett had already decided not to run for her 32nd House District seat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, there is sure to be a new candidate …

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Kerri Evelyn Harris wins four-headed race in 32nd District

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DOVER – Since incumbent Rep. Andria Bennett had already decided not to run for her 32nd House District seat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, there is sure to be a new candidate to fill her spot in the general election come Nov. 8.

Kerri Evelyn Harris, a U.S. Air Force veteran and community advocate, will be that candidate after she held off challengers Phil McGinnis, Lamont Pierce and LaVaughn McCutchen in a four-headed race.

Ms. Harris tallied 725 of the 1,123 votes cast for a winning percentage of 64.56%.

Mr. McGinniss was runner-up, with 270 votes, a distant 455 votes behind Ms. Harris. Mr. Pierce finished third with 76 votes, followed by Mr. McCutchen’s total of 52.

Ms. Harris explained why she ran in the primary and why she intends to capture the vacated seat in the general election.

“My life story echoes millions of others who feel called to service to improve our communities for the next generation,” Ms. Harris wrote on her webpage. “Together, we can make a difference because common beliefs remind us that we are all sisters and brothers. We need to lift each other so that all of our communities can thrive.

“I am running to represent the 32nd District because families need a champion who understands their needs and will work to address those needs. I am running because the people of the 32nd need someone who will work to pass laws that have a real and positive impact on their lives.”

The 32nd district is a large and diverse one, stretching from Rodney Village to Kitts Hummock, with Dover Air Force Base right in the middle and areas around Dover Park on the north end and Rising Sun-Lebanon on the south.

Ms. Harris unsuccessfully ran against U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del, for his seat in 2018.

She joined the Air Force in 2001, just before 9/11, to pay for college.
Coming back to civilian life in the middle of the 2008 made her quickly aware of the difficulties Americans were facing during the Great Recession.

Ms. Harris said she runs on a collection of values – centered on families, strengthening the community, and standing with and for the individual voter – and she believes she can make an impact on that at the state level.

She will now face Republican Cheryl Precourt in November’s general election.

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