Republican for Delaware Attorney General

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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?

New Policies related to prosecution - I will establish new policies related to cases that are being prosecuted. I will begin with our  children. The focus of prosecution should be on matters that present a public safety threat.

 

Children should not be included in the criminal system as a temporary convenience. This over- inclusiveness has strained the system and has caused services within the system to become  ineffective. If the amount of persons in the criminal system is reduced, the services offered to those in the system will be more effective. This, in combination with helping to eliminate barriers to employment and services for those convicted of crimes, will make our state safer and help reduce recidivism.

 

Building trust between the Attorney General’s office and the local community - I will be an Attorney General from the people and for the people. I will have monthly office  hours to meet with any member of the public who desires to have an appointment with the Attorney General. I will actively engage in community events statewide. I will require Deputy Attorneys General to mentor children who are in “at risk” situations. This will be the start of a new relationship between the Department of Justice and communities throughout Delaware.

 

Making sure the Attorney General’s office is representative of the communities it serves - The Attorney General’s office should be reflective of Delaware. Currently the lack minority  representation is unacceptable. This lack of representation has been blamed on the lack of qualified minority attorneys and the lack of minority attorneys who desire to be employed with public service. I do not believe this to be accurate. As New Castle County Attorney, I transformed the County Law Department into the most diverse department in New Castle County government. In addition, this was done without sacrificing quality. In fact, I was unable to offer employment opportunities to many minority candidates who applied due to the limited number of positions. Diverse candidates wanted to work in the office because it was a welcoming environment for diversity. This diversity helped the law department perform exceptionally well for county government. As Attorney General, I will do the same.

2.  What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?

I am the most qualified to be Attorney General because I am the candidate with substantive legal experience in every aspect of the criminal justice system. This legal experience is wide and deep.

It is not limited to a basic perspective, but rather, it is uniquely global.

I have been tested by all aspects of the criminal justice system. I have served as a Law Clerk for the President Judge of the Superior Court where I learned the internal nuances of Delaware’s major criminal trial court. I have investigated, indicted and tried cases as a Deputy Attorney General; and I have performed the duties as the Governor’s primary policy advisor on criminal law related issues including pardons, commutations, legislative and policy matters. As a Family Court Commissioner, I presided over juvenile delinquency matters and have seen the effects this system has on families. I served as a SENTAC Commissioner (Delaware Sentencing  Accountability Commission) for 8 years examining Delaware’s sentencing guidelines.

Furthermore, I have successfully managed a governmental legal department as the New Castle County Attorney, as well as a private practitioner performing criminal defense. Last but not least, I have personally experienced the criminal justice system as a young man. In sum, I have the proper personal and professional experience that balances accountability and compassion related to the criminal justice system. This experience is unlike no other.

 

3.  What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?

Canaan Baptist Church – Deacon Delaware Law Related Education Center – Executive Secretary Delaware Bar Association – Member Barristers Bar Association – Member Kent County Bar Association – Member Multicultural Judges and Lawyers section – Member Star in the East Lodge #1, PHA Corinthian Consistory #5, PHA Suakim Temple #60, PHA

Profession/employment: Attorney

# of years employed: 20

Education: Clark Atlanta University - BA; University of Iowa - JD; Harvard Kennedy School of Government – State and Local Government Program (Executive Education)

Political experience: N/A

I am the most qualified to be Attorney General because I am the candidate with substantive legal

experience in every aspect of the criminal justice system. This legal experience is wide and deep.

It is not limited to a basic perspective, but rather, it is uniquely global.

I have been tested by all aspects of the criminal justice system. I have served as a Law Clerk for

the President Judge of the Superior Court where I learned the internal nuances of Delaware’s

major criminal trial court. I have investigated, indicted and tried cases as a Deputy Attorney

General; and I have performed the duties as the Governor’s primary policy advisor on criminal

law related issues including pardons, commutations, legislative and policy matters. As a Family

Court Commissioner, I presided over juvenile delinquency matters and have seen the effects this

system has on families. I served as a SENTAC Commissioner (Delaware Sentencing

 

Accountability Commission) for 8 years examining Delaware’s sentencing guidelines.

Furthermore, I have successfully managed a governmental legal department as the New Castle

County Attorney, as well as a private practitioner performing criminal defense. Last but not least,

I have personally experienced the criminal justice system as a young man. In sum, I have the

proper personal and professional experience that balances accountability and compassion related

to the criminal justice system. This experience is unlike no other.

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