State Representative Candidate Commentaries

Rep. Bobby Outten

My first obligation as a State Representative is to help the people of the 30th District.

Constituent work is usually performed quietly, often with me or a member of my staff working directly with a single citizen, homeowner, or business owner to resolve a problem with a state agency. This service is most demanding aspect of my job, but it is also the one that is most rewarding and which has the largest direct impact on the lives of our citizens.

I do not consider myself a “lawmaker,” but I will sponsor, co- sponsor or support a new measure or change an existing law when I believe it is in the best interests of the community.

During the 148th General Assembly (which concludes on Election Day) I co- sponsored a law that now allows school districts to collect money owed to them by intercepting state tax refunds of those in arrears. Previously used by other entities in our state, this common- sense solution not only helps fund local schools, it respects citizens who are honoring their obligations by holding accountable those that are not.

I co- sponsored legislation to help fight the prevalence of Lyme Disease in our state, which has the highest per capita incidence rate in the nation.

Another law I co- sponsored holds drug dealers responsible for the deaths caused by the illegal substances they sell. As a life member of the Harrington Fire Company, I was especially proud to co- sponsor a law enacted earlier this summer that will help volunteer fire departments recruit new members by waiving the state fee for a mandated criminal background check.

I have faithfully served the 30th District for the last 12 years and I hope my constituents will continue to place their faith in me.

Rep. Bobby Outten Seeking re- election

State representative district 30

Charles Groce

The 2016 General Election fast approaching and Americans are trying to decide on whom to elect to carry the country beyond 2016. It is interesting to note that there are three prongs at work in this election. The first prong is the Traditionalist. They are intent upon holding fast to the party and refuse to deviate from the party’s ideals and traditions. The second prong is the Baby Boomer/Gen-Xers. This prong is the bridge prong. Some hold to the party ideals and traditions while some see a changing society and desire to move forward. The third prong is the Millennials. They are a fast moving group that desires that the political machine get in lock step with them. Party ideals and traditions are not a part of their agenda and as such toss them aside with the hopes of producing a more forward thinking government. This presents the big question, “How do we merge the three prongs together to move America forward beyond 2016”?

To find the answer to this question we must examine and adhere to the words found in the documents, pledges and anthems written by our founders. Phrases such as: “We find these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal”, “A government of the people, by the people and for the people”, and One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. It is time that we search out leaders who have a heart to serve; not the party, not the elite, not their personal interests but THE PEOPLE. Having served 24 years in the Air Force Reserves and 25 years as a Delaware State Trooper I can say from experience that America is and always will be great and its only because of the people.

Charles Groce, Candidate

State representative district 30

Karen Williams

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to teach. And for the past 29 years, I’ve been able to do that at Lake Forest High School. I walk the same corridors now that I did as a student many years ago. In the faces of my students today, I see the hopes and dreams that were once on my face.

I have been able to teach some remarkable young people – those who went on to become teachers, doctors, secretaries, lawyers, parents and good solid citizens of our community. One of the things I’ve been able to do is help instill in our students the desire to help others.

As one of the advisors for the LFHS Student Council, I was able to see our students raise more than $150,000 that helped members of our community and charities thorough our state. We’ve raised thousands of pounds of food to help the local Food Bank, and started one of our own in the high school. My Principles of Leadership students have volunteered thousands of hours in numerous ways. They have been an asset to our school and our community.

Now it’s my turn to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. I am running for the 33rd District State Representative to serve those in the area. As a lifelong Felton resident, I know many of the issues that affect our district. I will put my teacher skills to work, asking a lot of questions to get to the bottom of issues and to try to find solutions that best fit the needs of my students and neighbors.

I want to look at ways to make our students great problem- solvers – not just great test-takers. I want to help bring jobs to our community. Let’s allow our children the opportunity to come back, work, live and enrich the local economy by making sure there are good, quality jobs for them to return to after training, college or the military. Let’s help those who currently live here be able to travel easily throughout the district, while also helping those visiting get to our great tourist spots.

On November 8th, vote Karen Williams for 33rd District State Representative, an educator who has worked with our children and will now work for us all.

Karen Williams Candidate

State representative district 35

Charles Postles, Jr.

Our state is facing challenges. Jobs lost during the Recession have been replaced by positions offering fewer hours with lesser pay and benefits.

State spending has increased nearly $1 billion dollars over the last decade. The most recent projections show the state facing a $167 million shortfall by the start of the next fiscal year.

Attempts to raise taxes and fees seem likely in 2017.

I am troubled by the direction our state has taken and it’s the reason I am seeking your support to be the 33rd District State Representative.

Farming is Delaware’s largest industry, while small businesses are our state’s top source of new jobs. As a working farmer, as well as a local business owner, I will bring decades of experience from both worlds to my service on your behalf.

Having served nearly a decade as a school board member (1994-2003), I have a handle on how our education system works, its issues, and how those concerns might be addressed at the state level.

Helping the dedicated men and women protecting our homes through their selfless service on our local volunteer fire companies will also be one of my top priorities.

I was born and raised in Milford. Along with my wife, Janet, we raise poultry. We’re blessed to have three children and grandchildren.

While it may sound trite, I think I have an obligation to try to make the world – or at least our corner of it – a better place.

I believe that together, we make that happen. We can overcome the obstacles we face; make state government live within its means; and help businesses to create new, quality jobs.

I respectfully ask for your support on November 8th to serve as your voice of reason in the State House of Representatives.

Charles Postles, Jr., candidate

State representative district 35

Gary Wolfe

Earlier this week I received a survey in the mail asking as a candidate what was my stand on Delaware as a sanctuary state specifically SB60 a bill introduced previously in state legislature. Well I have not yet taken the time to answer this piece of mail when what should I see this weekend a Facebook post from the Republican party asking citizens to question their Democratic legislators and candidates where they stand on this legislation. Attached to the post was a story about four DSU bound students executed in Newark, NJ in which the story points to an illegal alien as the responsible party and blames Newark, NJ’s sanctuary status as the reason. The suspect was wanted on numerous crimes including rape and was at large when the crime took place so the article leads the readers to the conclusion this type of legislation was to blame for these students being killed unnecessarily.

Well like recent articles posted by the larger national political party this article is meant to anger and stir emotions to benefit one party’s idea of what they think is important to the voters. I did not think I had to fact check these local party folks, but I did and what I found was the complete unedited news posted on a local station.

Yes this individual was involved in the killings, but he was one of six suspects involved with what authorities labeled as a gang related execution that involved robbery, and illegally obtained guns. Sanctuary legislation has issues and flaws which is why it was stricken last legislative session in Delaware, but reporting half a truth and using emotions to win elections keeps some politicians in Delaware from addressing the real issues in the state, i.e. Budgets, Jobs, Livable Wages, and failing infrastructures.

Gary Wolfe, candidate

State representative district 35

Rep. David Wilson

I was born in Lincoln, graduated from Milford High School, got married here, and started a local business. I raise Haflinger horses at a small farm along Route 113.

I was the Sussex County Register in Chancery from 1992 to 2000, and the county’s Register of Wills 2006 to 2008. For the last eight years, it’s been my honor to serve the people of the 35th Representative District. It’s a job I’d like to continue.

I make a point to be available to constituents. I’m constantly at community events, can be contacted by e-mail or phone, and hold regular monthly morning coffee meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at Jimmy’s Grille. Working with individuals – and sometimes municipalities – to help them resolve problems they are having with state government is at the core of what I do as a legislator.

I am an advocate for the farm community and have been an outspoken proponent of the Farmland Preservation Program. Funding for this program is supposed to be protected by law but has repeatedly been raided. I support upholding this law. Securing stable financing for this model program saves open space, reduces conflicts between farmers and the occupants of residential developments, and maintains the viability of agriculture (our state’s top industry).

In all the years I have served and run for office, this has been the most difficult. I have seen people who share common ground on the vast majority of issues turn bitter rivals because of some failed litmus test.

Our ability to solve the problems of our community, state, and nation requires a sense of civility and compromise that has been sorely lacking. It is my hope we can regain those qualities, which I believe we will need to make a better future for us all.

Rep. Dave Wilson, Seeking re- election

State representative district 35

Rep. Harvey Kenton

In the upcoming 149th General Assembly, legislators are likely to be confronted by a number of fiscal challenges facing our state. As a member of the Joint Finance Committee – the 12 legislators that craft our operating budget – I will have a role in how we deal with these con cerns.

Over the last 10 years, state spending has risen by nearly one billion dollars. That is a growth rate of almost 32 percent and it is not sustainable. For the first time in Delaware history, our state operating budget broke the $4 billion threshold when we began the current fiscal year in July. A large part of the problem is health care costs. Medicaid – a program for providing health care services for eligible low and moderate income Delawareans – costs our state about $750 million annually. It has been one of the primary budget drivers for more than a decade.

State employee and retiree health care expenses also cost the state hundreds- of-millions annually.

At the same time expenditures are rising, state revenues have failed to keep pace. Income tax revenue has been slow to recover from the recession and slot machine revenue has been on a significant, steady decline in the face of increased gaming competition from PA and MD.

Meanwhile, a group of 21 states have filed a lawsuit against Delaware in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging our state’s claim to abandoned corporate property – a major source of revenue that generates more than $500 million annually It is not my intent to paint a dire picture of the state’s financial prospects. Our state has faced fiscal challenges before and we have met and overcome them. Rather, I believe citizens should be aware of the clouds gathering over the horizon so we can all be prepared to meet them together.

Rep. Harvey, Seeking re- election

State representative district 36

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