Longhurst now advances to face Republican Matthew Lenzini in the general election.

Democrats in areas including Delaware City, St. Georges, and Bear decided to stick with incumbent Valerie Longhurst in Tuesday’s 15th district state House primary election.

Longhurst, 50, of Delaware City, was chosen over challenger, James Burton, 64, of Bear. She received 626 votes, or more than 64 percent of the 973 ballots cast. Burton received 347 votes.

This was Burton’s second unsuccessful bid for the 15th district seat.

Longhurst, a legislator for 12 years, will now face another Bear resident, Republican Matthew Lenzini, 36, in the Nov. 4 general election. Lenzini ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

“I’m very grateful to the voters. They recognized the work I did for them over the last 12 years,” Longhurst said Tuesday night after the results were announced. “I work hard in my district and the voters rewarded me for that.”

Speaking from his home and accompanied by wife Joyce, his campaign manager, Burton said that the voters had made their decision.

“I’m just thankful for the decision they made. It’s all part of the Democratic process,” Burton said. “We had a good campaign, well run and organized.”

Burton told the Transcript that voters in District 15 will hear from him next time around.

“This is just the beginning. I’m learning something new every time. Many doors have been opened,” he said.

Courtney McGregor, the communications director for the Delaware Democratic Party, said the party is confident that Longhurst will beat Lenzini in the November election.

“We endorsed Val from very early on. She has worked hard for the voters and for the state as the house majority leader and we feel strongly about her chances in November,” McGregor said.