Republican for Senator from the 17th District


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?

My focus will be on three issues: public safety, taxes and small business. As a former police officer, I have a passion for public safety. One of the biggest differences between myself and my opponent is on our approach to public safety. I have rebuilt the police force in Camden, and have helped to reduce crime. Meanwhile, my opponent has voted to reduce drug sentences and make life easier on criminals, all while drug crime is on the rise. I will focus on making our streets safe for everyone, not on making life easier for criminals.


On taxes and the cost of living for Kent Countians, there is also a difference in our records. My opponent voted to increase income taxes, increase cigarette and alcohol taxes and increase the taxes on home sales. I have balanced seven budgets in a row in Camden without any increase in taxes. I will focus on keeping taxes low and forcing the state government to deliver better value to taxpayers, like we did in Camden.


On small business and the economy, once again our records differ. My opponent has voted to add many regulations and mandated costs on our small businesses, making it harder for businesses to start and grow. As a small businessman myself, I know what it takes to grow our local economy, and in Camden, we work tirelessly to make those things possible. As a state senator, I will focus on eliminating unnecessary regulations and costs for our local small businesses.

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

I bring a unique combination of qualities to this race. I am a Kent County native, a former police officer, a small business owner and the three-term Mayor of Camden. This allows me to look at issues like government operations, small business regulation and public safety with some real-world experience. That will only help the people of the 17th District that I hope to serve.

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

I am currently in my 3rd term as Mayor of Camden. I am also a part of the Greater Kent Committee.

Profession/employment: Self Employed; Mayor of Camden

# of years employed: 10

Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University

Political experience: Now in my 3rd term as Mayor of Camden. Prior was on Council and Vice Mayor for 3.5 years.