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Delaware State House District 22

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    Luann D'Agostino
    (Dem)

  • Michael F Smith **
    (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) 545-4300
Campaign email: luann@electluann.com
Website or social media link: http://www.electluann.com/
Age 54
Education After graduating from Archmere Academy, attended Widener University, then technical school securing her AS in Electrical Engineering, and later Eastern University earning a BA in Organizational Management.
Work Experience Luann was recruited directly from technical school to begin her career with Hewlett-Packard (HP). At HP, she excelled as one of only a handful of female engineers, expanding her presence as one of six original Support Account Managers in the US responsible for the development of HP Sales Force 9 - Support Services Organization. She designed and executed multi-million dollar agreements with some of the largest banks and telecomm corporations in the country and was awarded for her innovative sales strategies. After 15 years with the company, at age 36, Luann accepted a retirement package following HP’s purchase of Compaq. Luann then turned her passion into a new career as a small business owner, opening Take The Lead Dance Studio in Pike Creek in 2006 before moving to it's larger current location in Lantana Square in 2009. She sold the business in 2016 to fight a serious illness, but continues to stay involved. She also manages her rental properties in the Foxfire community.
Community Involvement Luann has served as both a board and committee member for local civic and dance associations, and she has shared her time as a volunteer with organizations such as Read Aloud Delaware, Partners in Mentoring, Big Sisters, Christiana Care, and Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. She views community involvement and civic responsibility as areas of great importance. Luann regularly attends state, county, and community meetings and events to stay on top of important local issues. She is a member of and/or volunteer for several civic and civic-minded organizations such as the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Pike Creek Valley Civic League, Friends of Christina School District (FOCSD), Indivisible, and Vote Forward.
Additional Information Since 2006, Luann has been a member, volunteer, and supporter of PAWS for People. As a part of a therapy team with each of her golden retrievers and two of her past retrievers, she has spent many years working with children with illness or disabilities, patients and staff at Christiana Hospital and Helen Graham Cancer Center, families and staff at Delaware County Family Court in Media, and attending countless other community events. As a trainer, STEX evaluator, and AKC CGC (American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen) evaluator for 12 years she has guided many new therapy teams. Luann was honored as a recipient of the 2018 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for her work with PAWS for People and in 2020 she received the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center’s Community Service Excellence Award. As a member of the Board of Directors for 9 years she provided guidance and financial supervision as PAWS grew into one of Delaware's most respected and successful non-profit organizations.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Luann_D'Agostino
While going through my divorce a few years ago, I became very involved with the law and legal matters and recognized a critical need for more diverse representation in our legislature. As a small business owner for 10 years in our community, I saw a lack of representation for those that support more than half of our state's economy. While battling a rare, life-threatening auto-immune disease, I fought my way through our healthcare system, always wondering when my nearly $1000 monthly payment still wouldn't buy me coverage due to my pre-existing condition. With my illness now in remission, it was time to step up.

We need honesty, integrity, and compassion now more than ever to get us through this difficult time, move our state forward, and ensure that we are better prepared for any future challenge.
Very few good things have come from the current pandemic, but I count mail-in voting in Delaware among them. I support Mail-in voting as a permanent option. Let's face it, life is crazy and unpredictable for many of us and that can't be changed, but that that should not keep us from exercising our right to vote. Mail in voting allows us to have a plan to ensure that our vote is counted regardless of what election day may bring. It also provides a great opportunity to research every candidate on the ballot, at home, before responding. We can all be educated voters. I believe that our current system is safe and secure. Moving forward, I would suggest using a single term, absentee vs mail-in, and a single mailing date, 30 vs 45 days prior, to avoid voter confusion. We also need an automated system at each poll to address verification for those choosing to vote in person after requesting a mail-in ballot.
History has shown that redistricting has the potential to be very politically charged. I support a computer based model, similar to what has been used in other states, and/or an independent redistricting commission. While these options can produce the most logical, non-political divisions, I still believe that our current legislature should have the final decision with modifications only being allowed when it is in the constituents best interests.
I believe that we need a basic shift in the current culture of policing. Our State and local Police officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect us and should be respected. With that respect comes responsibility. The use of excessive force is unacceptable and transparency is imperative. Unfortunately, the actions of some overshadow the good of many. We need to ensure that guidelines are clear, training is current, and necessary resources are available for all of those in law enforcement. We need to partner law enforcement with counselors, mental health professionals, drug rehab resources, and others that provide knowledgeable assistance for defusing non-violent crimes. Police and citizens need to be acting together to establish a safer and more supportive community for all.
You cannot eliminate more than 400 years of racial inequality overnight or even over a couple of years. It is a crucial process that takes time, commitment and buy-in from all involved, but I believe it can be done in Delaware. We need to stop studying Criminal Justice Reform and start making the necessary changes; simplify codes, address bond/bail requirements and excessive pre-trial incarceration, engage addiction and mental health intervention. Our current law enforcement culture must be re-assessed. Reform is needed in our education funding system to ensure that every child is provided an equal opportunity to achieve their best self. We need to adopt a livable minimum wage and ensure that it keeps pace with inflation. Our leadership in Delaware needs to better reflect our population. I believe these changes would provide a strong foundation on which to build a more fair and equal society.
An aggressive move towards renewable energy that would produce both economic and environmental benefits is critical for both our state and our country. Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires 25% of electricity to come from “renewable sources” by 2025. As the cost of renewable energy has continued to decrease, many states have significantly increased their renewable energy with a long-term goal of moving toward 100% renewable energy. I believe that Delaware should be a leader, pursuing a more aggressive RPS and making more efficient and effective use of the natural resources at their disposal.
Delaware's Title 29, Freedom of Information Act, supports transparency in government providing the public the right to request access to state records. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Unfortunately, I have attended several discussions concerning delayed requests, exorbitant fees, and other obstacles to this process. During our current State of Emergency, FOIA requests have essentially been placed on hold until 15 days after the declaration ends. There has been much public frustration over these challenges. Delaware needs to establish a more efficient and consistent method to fulfill FOIA requests. Continued automation and updated technology should help facilitate future requests. I am committed to transparency in government and as an elected official would work to improve any process supporting this transparency.
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