Democrat for 23rd District Representative (unopposed)
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 have a wide range of issues that I work on in Dover. One of my top issues is the Delaware End of Life Options Act, which permits the terminally ill adults access to medication to self- administer when their pain becomes unbearable. In 2018 I led efforts to revamp the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program for the working poor in our state—in 2019 and beyond I would like to expand its benefits, which provide one of the best paths to enable the working poor to enter the middle class. I have chaired the House Manufactured Housing Committee since 2013, and co-led the successful creation of Delaware’s rent justification law. I shall continue to work towards improvement of the conditions in our manufactured housing communities.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
Like many of my legislative colleagues, I have a rich background of talent and experiences. I have over 20 years at the company I founded, working every day to serve the needs of our clients, focusing on communication and education.
These skills enable me to provide better constituent services. This business experience has provided me with innumerable problem solving challenges, which help me work with constituents, colleagues, and state government staff to craft solutions to vexing problems. My business background enables me to quickly understand the concerns of the business community, while my social justice background enables me to quickly understand the concerns of the average Delaware resident, and challenges me to work hard and dig deep to identify innovative solutions.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I serve on the board of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. I have been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark for 25 years. I am a member of the NAACP, Newark Chapter, the Friends of the Newark Free Library. I attend countless community meetings, including many meetings of the Newark City Council, and the quarterly meetings of the White Clay Creek Citizens Advisory Council.
Profession/employment: Director of Investments, Founder, President, Mallard Financial Partners Inc
# of years employed: 22 years at Mallard
Education: two degrees in computer science (BS at UDel, MS at Villanova), three financial industry credentials
Political experience: Delaware State Representative 2012-2018, member 23rd RD Democratic Committee over 10 years, member of Progressive Democrats for Delaware for about six years including two as its President, chair of my church’s Social Justice Committee for seven years (2005-2012).