Mitch Crane

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Mitch Crane
Mitch Crane.jpg
Candidate for
Delaware Insurance Commissioner
High schoolHenderson Senior High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Denver, Lincoln University (1969)
J.D.Widener University Law School (1977)
Personal website
Campaign website
Mitch Crane was a 2012 Democratic candidate for Delaware Insurance Commissioner.[1] Crane was defeated by incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012.[2]

Crane worked as a Regulatory Specialist for the Department of Insurance from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that he was a Senior Partner with Crane, Teti, Cox, Trott , Bishay & Fisher from 1991-2007, and has also been a lecturer, district judge and teacher.[3]


  • Henderson High School, West Chester, PA.
  • University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden Royal Certificate
  • Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA B.A. History 1969
  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE Juris Doctorate 1977



See also: Delaware down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Crane ran for Delaware Insurance Commissioner in 2012. He ran against incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, Dennis Spivack and Paul Gallagher in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012. Crane was defeated by incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012.[4] Benjamin Mobley was unopposed in the Republican primary and David R. Eisenhour was unopposed in the Libertarian primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5]


Crane received endorsements from:[6]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Crane addressed three main issues. Here are excerpts:[9]

  • Put The Consumer First: "Prohibit the use of credit scores in issuing policies or determining premiums," "Require insurance companies currently allowed to notify policyholders by regular mail that policies are being canceled or not being renewed, to utilize additional methods of notice"
  • Increase The Consumer's Options In Purchasing Insurance: " Actively recruit quality companies to do business in Delaware," "Require companies licensed in Delaware to offer policies throughout the state"
  • Restructure Insurance Department Employment Policies: "Terminate policy of contracting for professional services at exorbitant rates," "Fight for living wage for all department employees," "Staff all department divisions with full-time state employees/end use of contract workers"

Campaign finance


Crane's campaign told elections officials on August 27, 2012 that it would return $7,200 to several limited liability companies associated with New York real estate magnate Leonard Litwin.[10] His campaign previously refunded $300 each to seven LLCs because their $1,500 checks exceeded the $1,200 limit.[10]

Questions over Crane's compliance with campaign law remained because of a law that considers donations from a business entity in which a person owns an interest of 50 percent or more to be subject to limits on individual contributions. Crane's campaign manager Brian Boyle made it clear that he would be returning all but $1,200 because the campaign has been unable to establish the stakeholders and percentage interest in the LLCs.[10]


Crane could have been the first openly LGBT state executive official in the state had he won in 2012.[11] He would be the second openly LGBT state executive, following after Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.[11]

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