DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year.           

Jessica Scarane on Monday announced plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state’s Democratic primary.           

Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as the board president of the nonprofit Girls Inc. The 34-year-old is running on a progressive platform that includes universal health care and tuition-free college.            

Her platform is similar to those of more left-leaning Democrats in the U.S. Senate, such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.         

In her campaign announcement, Scarane said Coons embodies a "status quo that puts corporations over people." 

Coons, a former New Castle County Executive, said in a statement that he’s proud to challenge President Donald Trump. But he also said he’s someone who works across the aisle to “get done what we can in this environment to make our state and our community stronger.”