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Filing deadline for First State’s 2014 election cycle looms

Anyone interested in running for office in Delaware this fall needs to decide by Tuesday. The deadline for individuals to file as a candidate for the 2014 election cycle is noon Tuesday.

The top of the ballot races for US House and US Senate have recently seen Republican challengers emerge.

Rose Izzo officially filed last week to take on Democratic incumbent John Carney for Delaware’s lone seat in the House. Izzo also ran in 2012, but lost to Tom Kovach in a Republican primary. Carney beat Kovach in Novermber’s general election race.

Carl Smink filed late last month for the Republican slot opposite Democrat Chris Coons in this fall’s Senate race. Coons is seeking to retain the seat he won in 2010 when he defeated Christine O’Donnell.

Two of the other three statewide races each have a single Republican candidate and two Democrats in a primary.

In the race for State Auditor, incumbent Tom Wagner, the only Republican currently holding a statewide office, filed this month to seek another term. On the Democratic side, Brenda Mayrack and Ken Matlusky are set to square off in a September primary.

In the State Treasurer’s race, Republican Ken Simpler is the lone Republican candidate filed, while incumbent Chip Flowers faces a primary challenge from Sean Barney, a former policy adviser to Gov. Jack Markell.

The candidates filed for the Attorney general’s race are Lt. Gov. Matt Denn on the Democratic side and Republican Ted Kittila, a Wilmington corporate attorney.