2016 Delaware voter guide

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    Del. Races:


    Governor


    1st Congressional District


    Wilmington Mayor


    Insurance Commissioner


    New Castle County Executive

    Governor

    Colin Bonini (R)

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    Colin Bonini (R)

    Need to know:

    Wants to “bring the focus back to the students in the classroom” by having school officials, faculty, and parents make reforms.

    Wants to bring out-of-state business to Delaware.

    Is dedicated to reducing crime and supports police sub-stations in communities with high crime rates.

    Wants to limit government regulations on businesses.


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    John Carney (D)

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    John Carney (D)

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    Member of the U.S. House of Representative from Delaware’s at-large district.

    Served as Lt. Governor from 2001 to 2009.

    Wants to grow the state’s agriculture economy by preserving farmlands and reducing permitting barriers.

    Wants to create a stronger connection between early learning and K-12 schools, and to provide professional development for teachers.

    Would work with business and community leaders to restore the state’s budget in a way that “promotes a growing economy.”

    Favors funding for cancer research and services that combat drug addiction.

    Wants to improve education for prisoners to prepare them for the workforce.


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    Sean Goward (L)

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    Sean Goward (L)

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    In favor of criminal justice reform.

    Wants to eliminate gross receipt, corporate, and income taxes.


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    Andrew Groff (Green Party)

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    Andrew Groff (Green Party)

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    Wants to tighten corporate laws regarding environmental sustainability.

    Supports the economic development of small and medium-sized businesses.

    Favors creating a more accessible and affordable public transportation system.


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    1st Congressional District

    Scott Gesty (L)

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    Scott Gesty (L)

    Need to know:

    Wants to reduce the size and scope of government by eliminating bureaucracies like the Department of Education.

    Favors eliminating federal income tax.

    Opposes Affordable Care Act and wants insurance companies to compete in national and international markets.


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    Mark Joseph Perri (Green Party)

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    Mark Joseph Perri (Green Party)

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    No information available.

    Hans Reigle (R)

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    Hans Reigle (R)

    Need to know:

    Wants to bring in more manufacturing jobs.

    Wants to increase aviation exports and jobs.

    Opposes providing high school graduates with two years of community college education.

    Will cut federal budget by two percent and eliminate wasteful spending.

    Opposes the Iran Deal and Sanctuary States/Cities.


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    Lisa Blunt Rochester (D)

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    Lisa Blunt Rochester (D)

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    In favor of tax credits for small businesses.

    Supports raising the federal minimum wage.

    Continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

    Expand background checks for gun purchases and strengthen police and community relations.

    Supports Obamacare.

    Opposes privatizing Medicare and Social Security and wants to keep the retirement age at 67.


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    Wilmington Mayor

    Robert Martin (R)

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    Robert Martin (R)

    Need to know:

    Wants to incentivize citizens to take a more active role in their community to combat crime and violence.

    Supports smaller government and wants to “[bring] everything down to the local level.”


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    Mike Purzycki (D)

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    Mike Purzycki (D)

    Need to know:

    Favors strict code enforcement for landlords.

    Wants to build relationships between the police, community, and mayor’s office.

    Wants to attract more businesses to Wilmington.

    Wants a higher quality of life for everyone.

    Wants to build a modern high school in the city.

    Favors investment in training centers to help adults build workplace skills.


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    Steve Washington (I)

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    Steve Washington (I)

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    Will create and meet monthly with a board of civic association presidents and a board of local pastors.

    Wants to improve relations between the mayor’s office and school boards.

    Would develop and launch a private elementary school with historically black colleges and universities alumni.


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    Insurance Commissioner

    Jeff Cragg (R)

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    Jeff Cragg (R)

    Need to know:

    Has professional experience running insurance companies.

    Wants to bring in more insurance companies to increase competition.

    Wants to make the insurance commissioner an “effective advocate” that provides consumers protection and education.


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    Trinidad Navarro (D)

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    Trinidad Navarro (D)

    Need to know:

    Wants to inform citizens on the importance of insurance.

    Opposes excessive insurance rate increases.

    Wants to end age and gender discrimination in regards to insurance premiums.

    Favors insurance companies reducing rates and making them similar to those in other states.

    Opposes insurance rates being based on credit score, wants to make it based on assessed risk.

    Increase the number of mental health providers in the state.


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    New Castle County Executive

    Matt Meyer (D)

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    Matt Meyer (D)

    Need to know:

    Wants to prioritize funding for the arts.

    Favors improving treatment resources for heroin and opioid abuse.

    Create jobs and economic growth in communities with high crime rates.

    Favors supporting small businesses to create more jobs.

    Would work with City of Wilmington in its Cease Violence program and expand it to include more areas with high crime.

    Wants to re-open community centers in violent neighborhoods.


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    Mark Blake (R)

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    Mark Blake (R)

    Need to know:

    Wants to build county economic plan in coordination with business leaders.

    Wants to integrate Wilmington into county/state 9-1-1 system.

    Wants to enforce traffic studies for all land use requests.

    Will stream all county department meetings online.


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