DOVER, Del. (AP) - House minority leader Greg Lavelle has launched a state Senate bid.
Calling himself an independent reformer and advocate of open, accountable government, the Wilmington Republican announced his campaign for the Fourth Senate District in a telephone town hall meeting with district residents Monday night.
Lavelle was elected to the House in 2000. He opted to run for Senate after Democrats who control both chambers of the legislature passed a redistricting plan last year that left him in the same House district as fellow GOP incumbent Deborah Hudson.
Lavelle said some political observers believe his vigilance over government mismanagement may be the reason House Democrats tried to force him out of Dover through the redistricting process.
The Fourth District Senate seat currently is held by Democrat Michael Katz of Centerville.