In her first attempt at an elected office in Delaware, audit lawyer Brenda Mayrack won the bid for the Democratic ticket for state auditor over opponent Kenneth Matlusky.
After all the 372 districts were in Tuesday night, the unofficial results showed Mayrack received 12,090 votes, or 55 percent of the 21,986 ballots cast, to Matlusky’s 9,896 votes, which was 45 percent of the total.
“I’m really grateful for the support of all the Democrats up and down the state and also for my primary opponent [Kenneth] Matlusky for running a spirited campaign,” Mayrack said. “I spoke with him earlier and he congratulated me. I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone in charging forward with the task at hand of unseating a longtime incumbent.”
Mayrack, 36, will now advance to the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election, where she will face incumbent Republican Tom Wagner, who has been the state auditor for 25 years.
Despite losing the primary public accountant Kenneth Matlusky, 47, was happy with the results.
“I called Brenda and congratulated her for running a good, hard and most importantly clean race. We both ran nice, clean races,” Matlusky said. “I’m actually proud I wound up with 45 percent of the vote. I was basically underfunded, understaffed and didn’t get a single endorsement from the entire Democratic Party.”
Matlusky said he believes the lack of political endorsements played a hand in his second primary loss. Matlusky ran in the 2010 Democratic primary for state auditor, but lost the race with 46 of the vote to Richard Korn. Currently he doesn’t plan to run again in four years, but said he may change his mind.
Mayrack said during her campaign, voters expressed concern with how their tax dollars are being spent, particularly as the state continues to emerge from the recession. Mayrack, who runs a law firm, said as residents are watching their own budget, they want the same level of care applied to tax dollars.
“Which is the state auditor’s job to do and it needs to be done better than it’s being done right now,” Mayrack said.
Next up, Mayrack will turn her focus from gaining support from Democratic voters to unaffiliated voters and Republicans. She feels when it comes to the state auditor’s office, the party shouldn’t matter.
“It should be the credentials and leadership of the candidate; the ideas and plans are what matters,” she said.