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Dover Post
  • Democrats vie to keep seat in 32nd District as Rep. Bennett retires

  • Retired Dover City Councilman Dr. William McGlumphy and legislative aide Andria Bennett both think they have the kind of experience that Democratic voters in the 32nd District of the Delaware House of Representatives will reward in the Sept. 11 primary.


     


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  • Retired Dover City Councilman Dr. William McGlumphy and legislative aide Andria Bennett both think they have the kind of experience that Democratic voters in the 32nd District of the Delaware House of Representatives will reward in the Sept. 11 primary.
    Both are vying to replace retiring State Rep. Brad Bennett (D-Dover), who decided to not seek re-election to focus on his battle with alcoholism.
    McGlumphy, a 10-year veteran of Dover City Council, filed to run on June 26 around when Bennett announced his retirement.
    “During my time on council, I was a strong advocate for government accountability, fiscal integrity and openness,” McGlumphy said. “Those stances sometimes meant taking unpopular positions, but protecting the financial security of our government while making sure taxpayers were getting bang for their buck was and still is extremely important to me.”
    Andria Bennett, meanwhile, decided to file on July 10 to seek her husband’s seat after much deliberation.
    “I decided that I would be the best candidate for representing the 32nd District in the state legislature because this will be my full-time job and I will commit all of my energy to serving my constituents,” she said.
    McGlumphy and Bennett both said they did not believe Brad Bennett’s two DUI arrests would hurt the Democrats’ chances in a race that also features two Republicans, Ellis Parrott and Will McVay.
    “When Rep. Bennett retired to address personal issues and focus on his family, I respected that selfless decision, and I think the residents of the 32nd District did as well,” McGlumphy said. “The residents will judge each candidate individually.”
    Andria Bennett said the personal problems of her husband were “not on the ballot.”
    “Voters care about which candidate is going to work hard and make the 32nd District their number one priority every day, “ she said.
    As for the issues, McGlumphy wants to focus on improving education, the jobs outlook and protecting the quality of life for seniors.
    “I have spent 30 years of my life in education, the majority as a teacher in the Capital School District and principal of Dover High,” he said.
    He wants to focus on the continuation of current state testing program, invest in early childhood programs for at risk 3-year-olds and hire the best teachers who are dually certified in elementary education and special education by providing signing bonuses and state-sponsored traineeships for obtaining a master’s degree, among other things.
    Page 2 of 2 - As for the popular topic of jobs, McGlumphy wants all levels of government to create a business-friendly climate that includes Improving infrastructure and fostering a climate in which small businesses can start up and create jobs.
    Andria Bennett said economic development and jobs were at the top of the list of issues facing the state as well as public safety and protecting the growing senior population.
    The state needs to help small businesses stay vital during the tough economy because they comprise 94 percent of all Delaware businesses and employ 48 percent of Delaware’s workforce, she said.
    Andria Bennett also said public safety was a big issue.
    “We need to work with local and state authorities to make our residents/streets safe. We need to protect the rights, safety and services of our senior citizens.”

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