Delaware Attorney General election, 2014

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Delaware Attorney General Election

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Beau Biden Democratic Party
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Delaware State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Attorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller, Auditor

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The Delaware Attorney General election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Beau Biden (D) was first elected in 2006 and is eligible to run for re-election, though he opted not to seek a third term in 2014 in order to focus on running for governor in 2016.[1]

The race to replace Biden features a crowded field headed by Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn (D) and attorney Ted Kittila (R). Denn and Kittila are joined by Green Party candidate Catherine Damavandi, Libertarian Party candidate John Machurek and independent candidate David Graham. Learn more about where the candidates stand on issues facing Delaware by jumping to the debates section.

Delaware is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[2][3][4]


General election

Democratic Party Matthew Denn - Current Delaware Lieutenant Governor[5]
Republican Party Ted Kittila - Attorney[6]
Green Party Catherine Damavandi - Attorney, former deputy attorney general
Libertarian Party John Machurek - 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for Delaware House of Representatives
Independent David Graham - Accountant, Delaware Department of Finance


Debate media

October 15 debate
October 15 debate

Matthew Denn (D), Ted Kittila (R), Catherine Damavandi (G) and David Graham (I) discussed the state's heroin problem and their proposals for strengthening the office during a debate at Widener University Law School. Kittila and Damavandi agreed that the attorney general's office should target high-level dealers in the state to deal with the drug's growing use. Graham brought up a family member struggling with heroin addiction when bringing up the need for rehabilitation programs. Denn also argued on behalf of treatment programs that could stem the supply side of the problem.[7]

The candidates were asked to assign themes to their campaigns or potential administrations during the debate. Denn spoke about the need to improve the efficiency of the office while focusing on violent crimes. Kittila suggested that the office needed to reclaim its role atop the state's legal system. Damavandi stated that her administration would be focused on equal justice for every resident and Graham suggested that leadership and management would be necessary to continue the office's work.[7]

Past elections


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III 78.9%
     Independent Doug Campbell 21.1%
Total Votes 258,434


2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Beau Biden 52.6%
     Republican Party Ferris Wharton 47.4%
Total Votes 253,214

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
July 8, 2014 Filing deadline (Democratic and Republican)
July 15, 2014 Filing deadline (Other candidates)
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 6, 2014 State Board of Canvass meets in Superior Court
January 6, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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