Flowers will still appear on Dem. primary ballot for state treasurer

By Tom Lehman 10:20pm, August 15, 2014 - Updated 3:47pm, August 16, 2014
Even though State Treasurer Chip Flowers announced on Friday his intention to cut short his reelection bid and not seek a second term, voters will still see his name on the ballot for the Democratic primary this September.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...

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Instead of using stickers to cover up Flowers' name on ballots, Election Comissioner Elaine Manlove said cards will be placed in voting booths that remind voters the Democratic nomination for state treasurer is uncontested.

"It would mean undoing every machine, taking the cover off the ballot, putting the stickers on, putting (the covers) back on...It's just a time constraint issue," she said.

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Voters will still be able to choose Flowers on their ballots, but those votes won't be reported with the results.

"The votes will tabulate, but we won't share them on election night," she said.

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Manlove says Flowers had not yet officially withdrawn from the race as of Friday afternoon.


Local politicians react to Flowers' announcement

State Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark South) has publicly supported Flowers on numerous occasions and said Friday was a sad day for Delaware politics.

"I think that there's been an effort to influence the social mainstream media, leading them unwittingly or unwillingly down a path of what I think is character assassination," Kowalko said.

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He said he still plans to bring a package of bills proposed by Flowers to increase transparency with the cash management policy board to the General Assembly.

New Castle County Council President Chris Bullock, who presides over the Delaware Black Caucus, said he was surprised by Flowers' announcement.

When asked whether he believed allegations of political meddling, Bullock told WDEL's Delaware Afternoon News he wasn't aware of such activity.

However, he did note that Flowers was sometimes at odds with other politicians who may have opposed his views and choices as state treasurer.

"Politics is a contact sport and things like this go on all the time nationally and locally...I'm not aware of anything of that nature, personally," he said.

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