Ernesto Lopez

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Ernesto Lopez
Member of the Delaware Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byLiane Sorenson
Personal details
BornRío Piedras, Puerto Rico
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Alma materGettysburg College
University of Delaware
Websitelopezforde.com

Ernesto B. Lopez is an American politician and a Republican member of the Delaware Senate.[1] He represents District 6, which encompasses the Cape Region in eastern Sussex County, Delaware.[2] He was the first Latino elected to the Delaware Senate.[3]

Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Lopez moved to Delaware as a child with his parents.[4] After attending public schools, he earned his BA at Gettysburg College and his EdD in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. He then worked as an administrator at the University of Delaware. He ran for New Castle County Council President in 2004 as a Republican but lost to Democrat Paul Clark.[5] In 2012, he ran for and won election to fill the open Senate District 6 seat vacated by retiring Republican Liane Sorenson.

Electoral history[edit]

  • In 2004, Lopez ran for New Castle County Council President and won the Republican primary with 7,320 votes (60.97%) against Gary Bowman. However, he lost in the general election to Democrat Paul Clark with 91,836 votes (41.4%).[6][7]
  • In 2012, Lopez ran for the Delaware Senate and won the Republican primary with 2,163 votes (54.9%) against Glen Urquhart.[8] He went on to win the three-way general election with 13,603 votes (56.1%) against Democratic nominee Andrew Staton and Libertarian candidate Gwendolyn Jones.[9]
  • In 2014, Lopez won the general election with 11,633 votes (63.4%) against Democratic nominee Claire Snyder-Hall.[10]
  • In 2018, Lopez won the general election with 14,781 votes (52.6%) against Democratic nominee David B. Baker.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senator Ernesto B Lopez (R)". Dover, Delaware: Delaware General Assembly. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ernesto Lopez's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Mueller, Sarah (December 27, 2017). "State Sen. Ernie Lopez seeks third term in office". Delaware Public Media.
  4. ^ "About Ernie". Official campaign website. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Cohen, Celia (March 2013). "Unique Campaign Moves Earned Delaware General Assembly Seats". Delaware Today.
  6. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=121780
  7. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=121783
  8. ^ "State of Delaware Primary Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. September 11, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "State of Delaware General Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "State of Delaware General Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. November 7, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "State of Delaware General Election Official Results". Dover, Delaware: Delaware Commissioner of Elections. November 6, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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