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Delaware State Senate District 15

The Delaware Senate is composed of 21 members, each of whom is elected to a four-year term, except when reapportionment occurs at which time Senators may be elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Senator may serve.State senators 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 Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. The President Pro Tempore is a senator elected to the position by a majority of the members to run the mechanics of the Senate, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.

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    Jacqueline Hugg
    (Dem)

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    David Lawson **
    (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) 670-1292
Campaign email: FriendsofJaci@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://jacihugg.com
Age 53
Education Bachelors Degree from Wilmington University
Work Experience 2 years as Bruce Ennis' Legislative Assistant, 3 years licensed insurance agent, 13+ years of State of DE employment, 5 years as the shop clerk at the WalMart Distribution Center, Sales Associate at Bike Line and White house Black Market
Community Involvement Served on the Smyrna Opera House Board for 6 years. Served on their Cotillion Committee for 12 years of which I chaired for 6 years. Always involved in my kids activities and took on the team mom role most of the time. Organized a group of teenage boys to go before Smyrna Town Council to have the Skate Park built.
Additional Information I am an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and I work in a Healthcare facility one weekend a month in Long Island, NY. I am also a certified yoga instructor.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Jacqueline_Hugg
I believe I can make a difference for my community and for my state. I believe we can do a better job at working across the aisle to get things done for the betterment of our State. I also believe I can represent people who have not had their voices heard in Dover and I want to encourage people who have not been part of the process of governing Delaware to get involved to build a bright future for Delaware. Delaware has been a wonderful place for me, and my family and I want to see all of us succeed. It is time for a change, and I believe I can help that change happen.
Yes, I support continuing the vote by mail policy in Delaware. I believe all Delawareans should have access to voting. Modifications would be to streamline the process such as more transparency, more education about the system. I realize this year was the first and I am sure there will be many suggestions as to how to make it more efficient. I would like to see improvements in the system so that individual know that their voted counted and their vote was recorded correctly. And that the system should allow people to correct any errors in the mail or online voting on election. We need to make voting accessible and to encourage everyone to vote. However, I do believe that it is going well for being new to Delawareans.
All citizens of Delaware and the United States should be represented fairly in our elections. I believe redistricting should be independent of any party to ensure the districts are fair and not driven by the partisan politics. This is part of my agenda to see a fair and inclusive society.
I do believe that we have a good Law Enforcement Community here in Delaware, however, we must make some changes to ensure that what has happened in other cities does not happen here in Delaware. So we must do better and provide the appropriate training and staffing resources to keep both the public and law enforcement personnel safe.
It will take the efforts of all people in Delaware to overcome racial disparities and racism. I believe education and awareness is our first step in reducing racial inequality. People need to be included and we need to have more involvement of all communities in the decision-making process. I am hopeful that one day it is eliminated, however we need to start where we are and be realistic and tackle obstacles as they come. And I know that personal relationships are key in this process. And that is why I want everyone to know that my door is open, and you can always reach out to me as I want to help to eliminate racial inequity.
I believe in renewable energy and from my knowledge our energy companies are ahead of their renewable guidelines in the State, however there are some issues with the current bill as it has been written that needs to be worked out to ensure everyone is comfortable with the path forward. I believe the safety net that keeps us from paying high rates for renewable energy needs to be in place and that the solar purchase back from private entities needs to have more discussion.
I do not believe the FOIA is working well in Delaware. I know someone that tried to get information from the Department of Transportation and it took months to finally receive the information. There have been significant advances in technology since FOIA has been last reviewed and there are opportunities to use new technology to reduce the cost and increase appropriate disclosure of the public’s business.
Last edit date: submitted 10/6/2020
Phone: (302) 744-4237
Campaign email: DAVE.LAWSON@DELAWARE.GOV
Website or social media link: http://WWW.SENATORDAVELAWSON.COM
Age 74
Education Glendale College, Delaware State Police Academy, Delaware Technical College,
Work Experience Military USAF Vietnam Combat Veteran, Milford Police Officer, Delaware State Trooper, Business Owner, Farmer, Senator
Community Involvement Vietnam Combat Air Force Veteran, Milford Police Officer, Delaware State Trooper, Harrington Little League Admin, Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, Director DSP Museum, Clayton Smyrna Moose Lodge, BMX Volunteer, Delaware Agriculture Museum Supporter
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/David_G._Lawson
I'm running for re-election in a continuing effort to bring balance to Delaware State Government. I believe that the people's voice should be heard from both sides of the aisle. Delaware is a one-party rule state but that shouldn't mean that there is only that voice in government.
I would not support extending mail in voting at this time. It was instituted due to the pandemic and that should be over before any other elections occur. We need to see how this election works before we commit to expanding mail in voting.
Yes. This is currently done by politicians. That does not make for balanced representation.
I believe that there should be more citizen involvement in Citizen Police Academies. This would give a better understanding of the training requirements and procedures. This would also raise awareness of policing issues and would enhance the lines of communication between the community and law enforcement. Those who have never served the community in a law enforcement role have no idea of what happens on the street. Law enforcement must get away from the robo cop appearance and attitude. They must be accessible to the community and responsible to and for them.
I believe that better and equal education would help greatly in reducing any and all inequality.
RPS is hampering the growth of Delaware. I agree that we must have a clean and safe environment. We must have jobs and good salaries. The high cost of energy is a major consideration by industries that might be looking at locating here. Delaware needs to be sustainable on both fronts.
I believe that this is working. I'm not aware of any major issues.