Sussex County Delaware

Williams Wins
Insurance Race

 
Insurance Commissioner Race ...

Incumbent Gets Stiff
Challenge in Close Race

By ERIC MAGILL
SC Online Publisher

Karen Weldin Stewart

Karen Weldin Stewart
144,834 Votes
47.1 Percent

 
Donna Lee Williams

Donna Lee Williams
162,672 Votes
52.9 Percent

Donna Lee Williams retained her position as state Insurance Commissioner despite a stiff challenge from newcomer Karen Weldin Stewart on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.

Stewart campaigned with only $30,000 but came within 5 percent of Williams, who earned 162,672 votes to Stewart's 144,834. Williams won 52.9 percent of the vote compared to Stewart's 47.1 percent.

Stewart, a 52-year-old Wilmington businessperson, ran for the office to reform the state's department. She cited waste in the department including what she said was a $900,000 travel bill under Williams.

The Democratic challenger also felt that auto insurance rates are too high in Delaware and that Williams wasn't enforcing the law on timely payments of claims.

Williams, a 39-year-old Republican from Dover, has been insurance commissioner since 1993. She campaigned on her record and said in the next four years the office's greatest challenge will be consumer protection in the face of a changing insurance industry that is seeing mergers and consolidations and insurance services and products being sold by banking and investment companies.


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