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  • McVay looking for third attempt at 32nd District House seat

  • Dover's William R. “Will” McVay has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 32nd House of Representatives seat.
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    • Can McVay run?

      William R. McVay’s conviction on a 2013 weapons offense has called into question whether he is eligible to run for the House of Representatives.


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      Can McVay run?

      William R. McVay’s conviction on a 2013 weapons offense has called into question whether he is eligible to run for the House of Representatives.



      Kent County Republican Party Chairman Hank McCann said McVay has the same rights as other Delaware residents when it comes to trying to seeking electoral office.



      However, McCann also stopped short of endorsing McVay’s candidacy.



      "It’s everybody’s right to run if they want to run," McCann said.



      McVay has filed the necessary paperwork and paid the required $440 filing fee, and officials at the Kent County Department of Elections say he is eligible to run until they’re told otherwise.



      Deputy Director of Elections Douglas Grieg said he has asked the Department of Justice to look into McVay’s candidacy.



      Section 2, paragraph 21 of the state constitution bars anyone convicted of "embezzlement of the public money, bribery, perjury" as being eligible to run for a seat in the House or Senate.



      It also bars anyone convicted of any "other infamous crime."



      Jason Miller, a spokesman for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, said state attorneys are reviewing the question.



      "I can confirm that the Department of Justice has received a request from the Department of Elections and will be responding to them," Miller said.

  • Dover's William R. “Will” McVay has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 32nd House of Representatives seat now held by Democrat Andria Bennett.
    This will be McVay’s third attempt to capture the seat, which represents the eastern part of Kent County, including southeastern Dover, and the coastal area from Bowers to Little Creek.
    “If you don’t succeed, try, try again,” McVay said of his candidacy.
    McVay ran unsuccessfully as an Independent Party and Libertarian Party candidate for the 32nd District in 2010 and as a Republican candidate in the 32nd District primary in 2012.
    “My goals are pretty much the same as before, trying to reduce the size of government, protecting the freedoms and rights of Delaware citizens and trying to break the cycle of the same two-party system we’ve had for so many years,” he said.
    Asked if by running as a Republican, many would consider him part of that establishment, McVay said, “Yeah, sorta.”
    “I’m running as a Republican, but I don’t really consider myself part of the Republican party,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of love lost between us.
    “I don’t expect a whole lot of help from them and I don’t think they can expect a whole lot of help from me,” he added.
    Winning a seat in the House of Representatives without party help would be particularly liberating for McVay: “I won’t be beholden to them,” he said.
    Kent County Republican party Chairman Hank McCann said he’s aware of McVay’s candidacy, but is not too familiar with the candidate.
    “He’s never really approached me, so I don’t know too much about him,” McCann said.
    In addition to other issues he plans to bring up, McVay also will campaign for liberalization of the state’s marijuana laws along the same lines as recent legislation in Washington state and Colorado, he said. Additional tourism because of less restrictive drug laws would bring in tourism dollars, help the agriculture industry grow and do away with the need to bail out the state’s casinos, he said.
    “It also would free up law enforcement to focus on crime in Wilmington, and police would have the resources for doing something more worthwhile than chasing potheads,” he said.
    McVay himself has had his own run-ins with the criminal justice system when it comes to marijuana laws.
    Page 2 of 2 - Arrested in 2013 for drug and weapons violations while on probation for a DUI charge, the drug charges were eventually dropped, but McVay pled guilty to a charge of possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony − the drug possession − and was sentenced to two years in prison.
    That sentence, however, was suspended and he was discharged from probation in October 2013.
    He admits to being a convicted felon, but says he did nothing wrong.
    “I was arrested for possession of a plant, and if that plant had been legal, nothing I did would have been illegal,” he said.
    Asked if he uses marijuana, McVay said, “No comment.”
    McVay is a 2003 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School who has lived in Delaware since 1999. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a degree in computer science and psychology, and a minor in political science.
    He currently works for the Wilmington-based Independent Schools Management, a support firm for private and independent schools in the United States and abroad.
    He may be reached via email at mcvay.will@gmail.com, on Facebook, and by calling (302) 670-1971.

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