Democrat for Attorney General
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
The Department of Justice must keep pace with the movement to change the failing criminal justice system. In Delaware, we are incarcerating at a rate higher than the national average but still seeing high recidivism rates. The current system has existed for years and must be overhauled.
As Delaware’s next Attorney General, I will fix the broken system ensuring that it is fair, transparent, and effective. First and foremost, the criminal code must be revised. Under my leadership, the Department of Justice will work towards revising the criminal code to address issues including minimum mandatory sentences, inconsistencies, redundant crimes, and laws that disproportionately impact low income communities. To be clear, however, changing the law is not enough – the culture of prosecution must also change. I will train prosecutors and implement policies that require prosecutors seek best outcomes for all parties involved in a case which includes victims, defendants and the public as a whole. The tough on crime approach of the past is ineffective and fiscally irresponsible. Prosecutors must seek to engage defendants in quality community supervision and services to facilitate rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.
I am also committed to addressing the racial disparities in the criminal justice system. As Attorney General, I will mandate implicit bias training for all Department of Justice employees and will work to engage law enforcement in this training as well. Transparency will be a key component in combatting this issue. In order to inform the public and Department of Justice leadership, I will establish a system to collect and analyze case data at all critical steps of the criminal justice process. This data will enable management to address performance issues, identify training needs, and improve internal policies. Most importantly, by sharing this data with the public, the Department of Justice can be held accountable in its duty to ensure that the system fairly serves all Delawareans, regardless of their race.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
Delaware is in need of change. I offer voters the hope and opportunity to effectuate that change. I have the courage to use my experience and vision to implement a plan that will overhaul the past practices of the Department. The issues that voters have expressed most concern about – criminal justice reform, mass incarceration, high recidivism, and transparency – have existed for years. During my time at the Department, I have been able to observe, first hand, the dynamics that have created these issues. My experience as a Division Director and Chief Deputy Attorney General at the Department provides me with the knowledge base to develop creative solutions to address these problems. I am prepared to move forward to implement my plan and ensure that the Department of Justice is effective in its duty to serve all Delawareans.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I consider volunteer activities to be an integral part of serving the community. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees of Christiana Care and have been a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Delaware. As a volunteer for the Delaware Futures Program, I mentor economically disadvantaged, college-bound high school students. My charitable efforts were recognized when I was named as an honoree of The Delaware Business Times’ Class of 2015 “40 Under 40.” As a well-rounded professional and civic-minded individual, I see the value in community stakeholders working together to achieve common goals – safer communities and a thriving local economy.
Profession: Attorney, formerly employed at the Delaware Department of Justice
# of years employed: 8 years
Education: Delaware Law School – Juris Doctor; Pace University – Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
Political experience: I am a first-time political candidate.