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Delaware State House District 27

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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    William M Hinds
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  • Donald Carl "Tripp" Keister III
    (Rep)

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    Eric A Morrison **
    (Dem)

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    Elias J Weir (write-in)

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: submitted 10/2/2020
Phone: (302) 690-8860
Campaign email: bill@billhinds2020.com
Website or social media link: http://vite.billhinds2020.com
Age 1825
Education Brick Computer Science Institute
Work Experience IT Network and Security Architecture
Community Involvement Libertarian Party of New Castle County outreach promoting liberty through volunteerism.
Delaware representative district 27 has been under one party rule for more than 10 years and it’s time for a change. I am running for this office to promote liberty, prosperity and personal freedom for the citizens of District 27. The single party rule has allowed our politicians to become very complacent and arrogant towards citizens, I will bring needed change and sanity to Dover with libertarian principles.
I support vote by mail for all voters that request a ballot, I do not support sending unsolicited ballots to voters because that opens the elections up to fraud. I also believe in this age of technology that voters should be able to vote from your smart phone or smart device.
Yes, all redistricting should be done independent of any political affiliations.
I would work hard with all other legislators to end the war on drugs which has caused the majority of the friction between police and the communities they serve. I would also work with the legislators to end the evil practice of pretrial asset forfeiture that often removes property from a person before they have even been convicted of a crime in a trial.
We need to work together to teach everyone that skin color has no bearing in a persons value. America is a country made up of many races, religions and national origins, this diversity is our strength that should be celebrated while recognizing that together we are One people.
The technology behind renewable energy has to become more affordable for all people before we will see it fully implemented. It would be wrong and regressive to raise the prices of cheaper energy forms to the current costs of renewable energy to promote a transition hurting energy consumers in the process. Good ideas, and good technologies should stand on their own merits, not be forced on people by the government. When the renewable energy’s are truly less expensive to consume then the older energy forms people will move to them in droves.
No, I do not think Delaware’s transparency rules and regulations are working as well as they could for the people of this state. Much of our government business is done in backroom deals behind closed doors with no sunlight. Nothing our state government does should ever be done in secret. Those privy to state secrets have an unfair advantage over people that are not aware of them until the state decides to disclose them creating a local culture of crony capitalism.
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Last edit date: published 8/3/2020
Phone: (302) 668-6690
Website or social media link: http://ericmorrison4the27th.com/
Age 46
Education I hold a Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware Honors Program, with an English major, a History minor, a concentration in Ethnic & Cultural Studies, and an Advanced Honors Certificate.
Work Experience I worked the first six years of my career as a full-time educator. Then, for thirteen years, I worked in Medicaid and Medicare. Of note, I worked extensively for and with seniors. I helped implement Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage in Delaware, and also worked for the Delaware Prescription Assistance Program that helps thousands of seniors afford their medicines. Currently, I work as a project manager in Human Resources.
Community Involvement I have been heavily involved in my community since the age of thirteen. As an adult, I have held volunteer, leadership, and fundraising roles in various community organizations and charities. I spent many years on the board of Delaware Pride, including 3.5 years as its president. I've volunteered extensively for AIDS Delaware, the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, the Food Bank of Delaware, and Faithful Friends. I've helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for various organizations and charities. Until the start of this campaign, I spent several years on the steering committee of Delaware United. A big part of that role included organizing and moderating documentary screenings and discussions, panel discussions with elected officials, debates, and forums. I have also worked on issue campaigns to pass legislation in Dover. Finally, in recent years, I have held volunteer and leadership roles on the campaigns of numerous Democratic candidates up and down the state.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Eric_Morrison_(Delaware)
This feels like a natural next step for me in terms of my longstanding commitment to the community and to public service. Also, the 27th District is overwhelmingly Democratic. Yet, our current Democratic State Representative does not adhere to some of the most basic tenets of the party. In 2017, he voted against preserving a woman's right to choose if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level. In 2013, he voted against same-sex marriage. In 2017, he abstained from voting to ban "conversion therapy" for Delaware's LGBT minors. Also, in my view, he has placed some disturbing votes and introduced some very flawed legislation in the areas of the environment, education, taxation, and protections for our seniors. I believe that 27th District Democrats deserve a State Representative who stands not just for the most basic tenets of the party, but also for modern ideals like major reform in the areas of public education funding, criminal justice, and healthcare.
I support continuing the vote-by-mail option in future Delaware elections. I support any voting reform that will make it easier for individuals to vote and have that voice in democracy. In addition to mail-in voting, there are many other things we can do to make voting as easy as possible for everyone, especially individuals who are often disenfranchised from voting, like people of color and individuals of a lower socioeconomic status. I do hear frequently from voters that new processes and rules regarding voting must be explained as widely and thoroughly as possible to the public. It is important to educate the public regarding their voting options, and changes to those options. It is also vital to show voters that they can have confidence in mail-in voting and other voting changes. Finally, I believe that as more people vote in more elections, that the political parties, state agencies, and elected officials must do more to educate voters about issues and their choices of candidates.
Delaware should have an independent redistricting commission. Regardless of the political party in power, redrawing districts should not be left up to elected officials without a great deal of oversight and input from other knowledgeable individuals and everyday citizens. Conscious and unconscious biases should not be a part of drawing districts. Right now, 21 states have some type of non-partisan or bipartisan redistricting commission. Of those 21 states, 13 states exclusively use redistricting commissions to draw district boundaries. Independent commissions allow citizens to participate in the redistricting process, which is good for fairness, transparency, and democracy. Since the results of the process affect all Delawareans, all citizens should have a say in the process. Hearings should be well-publicized, spread out geographically, and held at convenient times. Too often, redistricting involves backroom favors and deals, and can even be used to punish individual legislators.
First, several organizations have made good suggestions for reforming law enforcement to address systemic racism and abuse of force against people of color. The Delaware NAACP has recommended: rewriting laws so that force cannot be applied so arbitrarily; requiring body cameras for all officers; within each police agency, establishing a civilian review board with subpoena power; requiring police not to place themselves in situations in which they may have to use deadly force; hiring more officers of color; the banning of knee- and choke-holds; and a review of all police departments' records of disciplining or charging officers for misconduct. Also, we must end qualified immunity, halt the militarization of the police, return to community policing, stop allowing officers with histories of misconduct to be shuffled around or hired by one department after being terminated by another one, and require independent, external review of all allegations of excessive force, racism, or misconduct.
I think an important step is to recognize and address the fact that racial inequality is very intersectional, with many related issues meeting at that intersection—the legacy of slavery for African-Americans; wealth and income inequality in general; wealth inequality between white families and families of color; higher unemployment for people of color, and fewer good job opportunities; educational disparities; the fact that pollution and lack of clean drinking water disproportionately impact people of color; and the systemic racism embedded in every system of our society, including criminal justice, healthcare, education, etc. We also need much more diversity in our elected officials. Elected bodies should look like the communities they serve. Finally, we must address the systemic racism and abuse of force we see perpetrated upon people of color by law enforcement. This is not to say that, "All police are bad." But we must acknowledge and address the issue in concrete ways with policy.
Delaware's law mandating that utility companies derive 25% of their energy from renewable energy sources by 2025 is a step in the right direction, but it is not aggressive enough. The percentage should be increased, the timetable should be accelerated, and we should set goals beyond 2025. Climate change is an existential crisis requiring bold, immediate action. Rising sea levels caused by climate change will affect Delaware more than almost any other state, and per U.S. News & World Report, Delaware's air quality ranks 46th in the nation. I support a Green New Deal for Delaware, as outlined by my fellow State House of Representatives candidate Madinah Wilson-Anton. We must increase the use of solar energy; utilize wind energy; greatly expand electric-based public transportation; incentivize farms to become more energy efficient; require cumulative health risk assessments for new industry; establish a statewide carbon tax; and create and incentivize green energy “jobs of the future.”
Delaware's FOIA does not work well for the public, resulting in a lack of transparency upon the part of the government and other entities. Delaware consistently receives “D” and “F” grades for transparency, which is inexcusable. Often, Delawareans cannot learn about things like waste going into our drinking water, political lobbying, items affecting elected officials’ decisions, problems in schools and classrooms, and even patient abuse at care facilities. We need strict deadlines for producing documents, which we do not have. Government and other entities must face serious consequences when failing to meet mandated deadlines for responding to FOIA requests. Fees associated with requests must be clear and consistent, and we must streamline and oversee the entire process so that individuals—frustrated with endless red tape—do not give up before receiving the information requested. Also, we need to stop being one of only two states to exempt public universities from open records laws.
Last edit date: submitted 10/19/2020
Phone: (718) 810-1506
Campaign email: eliasweir@outlook.com
Website or social media link: http://www.eliasweir.com
Age 62
Education Graduated from New York Institute of Technology, New York and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance. Graduated from Chelsea Vocational High School, New York Graduated from St. Ambrose Catholic Elementary School. Brooklyn, New York
Work Experience Worked for Hallmark Electrical Supplies Corporation, Brooklyn, NY As the Export Credit Manager for the Export Department, Account Payable And Receivable Manager for the Domestic Department, Shop Steward Representative for Local #3 – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Represented over 30 union employees
Community Involvement Food Bank of Delaware, New Castle County Delaware VOLUNTEER, Served as President and Secretary for Several Civic Associations, Served as Recording Secretary for the United Fleet club of Brooklyn, Usher and Head Usher at Grace church and Church at the Rock, and a host of others...
My passion, as a community activist, is for “quality of life” and I will fight for the rights of all constituents as well as nondiscriminatory policies.

My campaign’s mission is directly derived from unambiguous feedback I received from organizations and individuals in the District. I will focus on bringing in good paying jobs into Delaware. I will work closely with every elected official that will, in essence, benefit all Delawareans. This means, better funding for our school districts and securing the health and welfare of all citizens. Everyone needs to be treated fairly.

Since this race began, we have been inundated with Political Flyers that read of the community work that other candidate(s) say they have achieved. Yet, when I search the individual(s) names on the internet, I see no track records of their achievement. I say this, because great stories are told, only to deceive the constituents for their votes.
Mail-in voting process is a good concept, but only if it does not hurt Tax Payers. Before making any modifications, we need to research the states that have been using this process, to ascertain the advantages and disadvantages of how the program worked.
The only scenario I can think of for an independent redistricting commission would be in the case of Gerrymandering, and so far from seeing the previous assembly maps to now, I find no reason for such a commission.
The solution is understanding the problems and taking appropriate measures to solve them. I always believe that building better relationship with the Police Department is necessary to start the healing process. Also, beginning to create environments of respect on all levels can bring about change.

I will bring all clergy, community leaders, school principals, superintendent, and business owners under one umbrella to meet and discuss with police officials to address the issues and come up with viable solutions that will foster community confidence.
Base on the constitution of the United States Of America, The Declaration states, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….

Children are not born to be racist; they are thought. Teaching against it is needed, and it begins in the household. Therefore, this mindset or behavior should be reinforced in our institutions and throughout society. Although this might take sometime, I believe this can reduce racial inequality.

Government needs to stand strong and take on greater responsibility in addressing laws that will convict those who fail to comply.
Renewable energy is great for the environment. The only drawback I find, is making it affordable.

As far as it goes for the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) how fairly is it going to work across the board in the State of Delaware. Who benefits the most? In order to give an indebt answer to this question, I need to see the chart and what are the variance used to formulate the end means.
Although I have read several briefs on this matter, some are good, and some are bad, I would like to give an inclusive answer, but at this time I cannot. It's important to have thorough knowledge and understanding before I provide any suggestions.