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Delaware State House District 21

The Delaware House of Representatives consists of 41 members, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Representative may serve. All revenue generating legislation must begin in the House.State representatives introduce and vote on proposed legislation, approve the annual budget for the state, and serve on assigned committees. The General Assembly of Delaware meets in Dover three days a week between mid-January and the end of June.The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the House. The Speaker is elected to the position by a majority of the representatives to run the mechanics of the House, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.

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    Stephanie Barry
    (Dem)

  • Michael Ramone **
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What motivated you to seek or continue in this office?

This year Delawareans can vote by mail due to COVID-19. Would you support continuing the vote by mail option for future Delaware elections? If yes, what modifications would you make to the current mail-in voting process?

Following the 2020 census, election district boundaries will be redrawn across the country. Do you think Delaware would benefit from having an independent redistricting commission? Please explain your position.

If elected, what measures will you develop and/or support to increase community confidence in law enforcement personnel?

How do you believe that racial inequality can be reduced/eliminated in Delaware?

What is your stance on renewable energy for Delaware, and specifically the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)?

Is Delaware's Freedom of Information Act working well for the public? What changes (if any) would you suggest for FOIA?

Last edit date: published 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 229-0194
Website or social media link: http://electstephaniebarry.com/
Age 54
Education BA, English, Southern Methodist University MA, English, Montclair State University
Work Experience Recent work experience includes 12 years of operations management in both public and private sector.
Community Involvement Activist for Open Space Preservation, Various Civic Association Boards, Various PTA Boards, Odyssey of the Mind Coach, Volunteer Tutor, Founded Historic Preservation Non-Profit
I first ran in 2018 to offer voters a choice; the incumbent had completed 5 terms without a viable opponent. I filed late in the cycle and after a short campaign, fell just short of victory. This narrow margin indicated the 21st District was ready for change. An active member of my community, I have rolled up my sleeves to make change happen. A few years ago, I began working with my neighbors to fight the proposed development of the former TLB golf course. The Pike Creek area has experienced tremendous development in the past 20 years and now includes empty stores and apartments. My community has had enough haphazard development threatening our quality of life and taxing our infrastructure. As a single mom, I know the struggle to pay for healthcare, to find the right school, or pay an unexpected bill. I understand the challenges of many people in this district because I have lived through them myself. My goal is to truly represent this community, our values and struggles alike.
I absolutely support the vote by mail option and, if elected, will advance further opportunities to make this a permanent option. In addition, I would like to increase access to voting for all Delawareans including options for early voting, and same-day registration. Our goal should be to enact any and all measures that will maximize citizen participation in our right to vote.
Yes,I believe Delawareans would benefit from an independent redistricting commission. In 2017, Senator Bryan Townsend sponsored SB 27 which offered a balanced model for an independent commission. This group, consisting of members of both major parties, as well as people from neither party would work collaboratively to redraw district lines by focusing on metrics that aren't swayed by political affiliation, but rather on the results of our decennial census. None of the participants would be directly involved in political office and would be prohibited from running for office for a period of time thereafter, offering a voice of neutrality. This system, which I support, would allow for greater transparency in the process and give Delawareans more faith in the election process.
Delaware is uniquely poised to be a leader when it comes to increasing community confidence in our law enforcement personnel. Our Attorney General has taken several steps to reform our criminal justice and end many of the policies that have directly caused citizens to lose faith and trust in our police. The Campaign for Smart Justice outlines many different measures that I would whole-heartedly support. These modifications would not only make policing more equitable and hold officers accountable for their actions, it would also send a message to our community that as leaders, we have their best interests and safety as our top priorities. Aligned with Smart Justice campaign, I would support legislation that: 1) modifies the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights; 2) increase law enforcement transparency 3) Created a statewide community review board; 4) end Operation Safe Streets, 5) Prohibit no knock warrants: and 6) establish a state-wide standard for use of force.
Balancing the inequality begins with better supporting our students through balancing the inequities in our school funding systems to ensure that all children are afforded a quality education, addressing all their needs. The pandemic highlighted challenges these kids face including food inequities, lack of access to broadband (eliminating their ability to participate in online learning), and more. We must first address the basic needs of all our children as a starting point to begin to balance the scales. In addition, criminal justice reform measures need to be enacted (mentioned above). Our current system works to give those with money the ability to work through the criminal system, and those without, often people of color, are placed at a disadvantage. We are fortunate to have a Black Caucus which helps to bring a more accurate voice to our neighbors dealing with these inequities. We need to listen and respect that voice to learn about the community challenges and then take action.
Delaware is slated to be one of the states most impacted from climate change and rising sea levels. We need to do everything we can to slow down global warming and adopting renewable energy standards is a big part of that process. We must ensure that the costs of transitioning to renewable energy sources are fairly distributed.
The current pandemic and its changes to our public meetings has brought to light a number of problems with our current FOIA laws. Many government organizations have used a clause within our emergency declarations that limits how much they have to comply with FOIA. This is wrong as our citizens should have just as much access to our government now as they do under non-pandemic conditions. This is a policy that I believe we need to revisit to continue to allow greater freedom of information to the public at large.
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