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Delaware State Senate District 14

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    Bruce C Ennis **
    (Dem)

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    Craig Pugh
    (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: submitted 8/9/2020
Phone: (302) 653-7566
Campaign email: senatorbruceennis@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://senatorbrucecennis.com
Age 81
Education John Bassett More H.S. ; Delaware State Police Training Academy
Work Experience Delaware State Police Trooper; Private Investigator for a law firm; 28th District Representative 1982-2007; 14th District Senator 2007 to present.
Community Involvement Member Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Assoc.; Director Citizen's Hose Company; Association of Retired Delaware State Police; Assoc. of Pub Safety Communications. Harmony Lodge 12 A.F. & A.M. ;Delaware Consistory and Nur Temple A.A.O.N.M.S ; B.P.O.Elks 1903, DelVet's Post 2, Smyrna-Clayton Loyal Order of Moose; Asbury United Methodist Church;
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Bruce_Ennis
As a former State Representative and current State Senator, 60 year local volunteer firefighter, former Delaware National Guardsman, and former Delaware State Police Officer, it has been my honor to serve our community and state. I have the experience, ability, and necessary time and desire to continue to serve.
Yes. I would support continuing vote by mail option for future elections. It provides a policy of "no excuse absentee ballots" after submitting an application for any reason in order to save time, avoid the lines at polling places, and work around busy work or family schedules. Depending on a review following this year's trial evaluations, the only modification I currently recommend at this time would be not to allow such voting until constituents have ample time for them to have full disclosure of all information on any and all candidates.
Yes, I believe strongly that having an independent redistricting commission would benefit the state. I co-sponsored the latest legislation that would have done so. The legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Patricia Blevins, however, was not passes. Re-redistricting efforts with public participation would be helpful in obtaining citizen confidence and promote fairness.
Epilogue language was provided in the FY '21 Grant-In-Aid bill to form two task forces to review law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force and the African American task force. Both are tasked to review, study, and make recommendations to the General Assembly and law enforcement agencies regarding use of force, workforce development, community policing and engagement, transparency, and accountability. I look forward to learning their recommendations and will offer support in enacting legislation as needed. Hating the stakeholders involved in these task forces should probe beneficial.
I believe it can be reduced/eliminated by establishing agency policies and laws governing all forms of such inequalities of actions that infringe on people as a whole. This will ensure that everyone will be treated with the dignity and respect. The first step is to bring stakeholders together to review, study, and determine findings for recommendations for change as discussed in the previous question.
I support the Renewable Portfolio System (RPS) that promotes the use of green energy over the use of fossil fuels and establishes an attainable goal to be reached over time. The RPS should provide an enforceable cost cap to keep utility rates affordable to consumers while reducing the carbon footprint in energy production. Any changers to the current RPS must allow for transparency and the opportunity for consumers to be provided insight for any new energy producing entities.
Currently, as a result of Covid 19, the Freedom of Information Act has not been working, mainly due to delayed response because of staff shortages in the workplace as a result of abbreviated scheduling/coverage in the office. A number of exemptions to the Act could potentially be adjusted or even removed. Over my tenure in the General Assembly, I have been a strong advocate for Community right-to-know legislation in dealing with hazardous materials and what information is accessible to the public. I support legislative remedies to reduce some currently cumbersome means of public access through the current Freedom of Information Act.
Last edit date: submitted 8/21/2020
Phone: (302) 222-4026
Website or social media link: http://Friends of Craig Pugh.com
Age 58
Education 1980 Graduate of Dover High School Vocational training in Welding and Commercial Diving,
Work Experience Small Business Owner for 40yrs. Harvesting of crabs, fish. and oysters from Delaware waters. Wildlife management of several privately owned facilities within the Delaware Estuary.
Community Involvement Mayor of the Town of Leipsic for 18yrs. Life member of the Leipsic Vol. Fire Co.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Craig_Pugh
As Mayor of Leipsic the one thing that comes to mind is the long term relationships that are built by our residents and the attachment to the community we all reside within. Serving these people is a joy when constituent request are successfully achieved and the result is for the betterment of our quality of life. Expanding on this connection of community and local issues can be applied to all the municipalities and House Districts that are represented in the 14th Senate District. Focus and organized coordination achieved through clear informative knowledge will guide our families and friends through future challenges.
Securing the vote and the results are key, and I believe, what every voter would like to see as the result. This is the real need of the Delaware Citizen, confidence that the results are true, fair, and real. Absentee ballots have been cast for years and do yield a certain confidence within the voting base. A similar approach going forward could be positive for all sides.
Another commission. What would ever give the impression that it would be truly be independent. At some point this must be vetted to the public. I believe in public process and hearing how these changes impact those that will be directly affected.
I support Law Enforcement personnel, of all types: Police, Dept. of Corrections, Probation and Parole ,all those that lay their lives on the line daily. Protection within our communities is paramount and should not be taken for granted. Those that give of themselves to the service, are to be respected and upheld for protecting the lives and property of the citizens they serve; while risking their own.
Schools are the institutions of knowledge. What knowledge is provided to our children directly impacts society. History has the ability to show the good and the bad. Many great leaders of color advanced and risked their personal future for the betterment of their race. Little teaching of these great examples make there way to our children. So, when put in an awful position in life, it is sometimes easier to look upon someone with a greater debt to pay in order to self adjust. Civil War Reconstruction brought forth some of the greatest examples of racial activism and leadership with major changes to our Constitution ;under much, more in my opinion, stressful and desperate times than those today. Leadership to be proud of and to be used as an source of unity and education for all.
Affordability and choice are always in the public eye. Availability in successful transmission serves the public as well. Black outs are not a forward solution and are always of concern to those being served. Knowledge is the goal as technology advances and our power needs increase into the future.
I have personally used our FOIA system in the past with success. Several attempts sometimes must be tried in order to gain the specific information requested. Narrowing the scope or breaking the issue down into smaller units of requested information is sometimes easier to access.