UD's College Democrats and College Republicans invited Delaware political leaders to talk to students about their stories and what drives them. The nonpartisan panel discussion, which took place on Monday, April 22, featured Bethany Hall-Long, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware; Cathy McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Biden Institute; Emily Taylor, Vice Chair of the Delaware Republican Party; Jill Farquharson, Communications Director, U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and former campaign manager, Tom Carper for Senate; and Kathy Jennings, State Attorney General.
Asked whether 2018 was the beginning of a surge, Emily Taylor said, "Definitely there were more women running in 2018 than there were in ’16 or ’14, which, if there’s more women running there’s more of a chance of women winning."
Kathy Jennings said, "2018 really was a watershed year in our recent history. 50.3 percent of eligible voters voted across the country, making it the highest turnout in a midterm election since 1914 and the first time a majority of eligible voters cast ballots since women gained the right to vote. In Delaware, the percentage was even higher. More than 360,000 Delawareans voted. That translates to a turnout rate of 52 percent. Those are the stats. The reality is that in Delaware everywhere I went, everywhere I looked, there were women running for office. And most of us for the first time. In fact, you have nine statewide elected offices in Delaware, five are now held by women."