Democrat for 36th District Representative
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?
I’m running because, as a lifelong member of the working class, I feel that government has largely ignored the fact that the working and middle classes are the actual driver of our economy. I aim to focus on easing the tax burden on the middle class, and making sure corporations and the wealthy are paying their fair share.
I will also focus on equalizing the funding the school districts in our state receive. It should not matter whether a child is born in the most rural part of Sussex County or in the most affluent part of our state. Every child should have the same access to the same resources.
Finally, I will focus on ensuring that we have safe drinking water coming out of our kitchen faucets. For too long, corporations have been contaminating our ground water, our bays, and our oceans. I will work to ensure that proper oversight is being conducted and that repeat offenders are held responsible for any damage they are causing.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
I’m a second generation carpenter, I have been since my Dad stuck a hammer in my hand when I was 12, and I started working summers with him. I think its past time that the working class has representation in our State Legislature. There are plenty of attorneys, accountants, and career politicians amongst our current crop of State Representatives. I plan to bring a different voice to the mix, a blue collar work ethic, and a common sense approach to our General Assembly.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I’ve been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund since my sister was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. I’ve also spent time volunteering for Autism Delaware, the Ronald McDonald House, and Adopt-a- Family Holiday Gift Assistance. For the past few years, I’ve also focused on the water quality issue that plagues Sussex County, through the groups Keep Our Wells Clean and Oceana.
# of years employed: 15
Education: Rising Sun (MD) High School, Cecil County School of Technology, Delaware Tech
Political experience: First time candidate.