Walker said her decision was prompted by a new position she took at Widener Law in Wilmington earlier this year.
Rep. Rebecca (Becky) Walker (D - 9th District) announced today that she will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives this fall.
In a press release, Walker said her decision was prompted by a new position she took at Widener Law in Wilmington earlier this year as Director of LL.M. (Master of Laws) and Graduate Programs. Walker earned her law degree in 2004 from Widener.
The new job responsibilities and time commitment, she said, conflicted with her responsibilities as a state representative.
“This was one of the hardest decisions I ever have had to make,” said Walker, who ran three times before being successful in 2010 for an open seat. “I love being a legislator and have enjoyed every minute of serving the residents of the 9th District. Unfortunately, my ‘day job’ – which I also love – had asked me to commit myself full-time to my new role. I thought I could find a balance between the two, but then I would not be doing either job justice. So it’s best I announce now that I am not running this fall and allow a new person to come in and hopefully represent the residents of the 9th District well.”
She said she will serve the remainder of her term. Her seat will be up for election in November.
The 9th District encompasses the eastern half of southern New Castle County and includes Odessa, Port Penn, parts of the Middletown area, and parts of the Townsend area.
HOW WILL THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE BE SELECTED?
Because Rep. Walker withdrew from the race after the filing deadline, Democratic Party rules allow New Castle County Chairwoman Betsy Maron to appoint a candidate to fill her slot on the ballot. However, in an effort to keep the nomination as transparent and fair as possible, a committee meeting in the 9th District will be held, according to a press release from the Democratic Party.
"It is unfortunate that Rep. Walker has decided not to run for re-election. She is a hard working advocate of our party and she will be missed. However, power runs from the bottom up," State Party Chairman John Daniello said. "The authority will be in the hands of the committee and we will fully support the candidate they choose."
Maron said, "Rep. Walker has served her district well. We’re confident that we can fill her seat with another candidate who can do the same."