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Delaware State Senate District 07

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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    Anthony Delcollo

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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 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 275-0742
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Age 35
Education Salesianum High School '04 La Salle University '08, B.A. in Western Philosophy and Medieval European History Seton Hall University School of Law '11, J.D.
Work Experience While in law school, Anthony worked in the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic helping individuals convicted of crimes, who after serving their full sentences, were nonetheless illegally detained. Anthony also worked for the New Jersey Legal Education Empowerment Project, where he taught urban youths about public speaking, writing, and civil rights. He was a law clerk for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in the Domestic Violence Unit. Anthony also represented consumers in Seton Hall’s Advanced Arbitration Clinic, opposing businesses that had violated the rights of consumers through fraud or unfair business practices. After his admission to the Delaware Bar, Anthony served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Johnston in the New Castle County Superior Court for the State of Delaware. Currently, Anthony practices at Offit Kurman, P.A. in the areas of employment law, commercial law, construction litigation, government regulations, and professional licensing.
Community Involvement Anthony has worked with his colleagues in the General Assembly to plan and implement multiple program and events to benefit community members, including a job fair, a shredding and hazardous waste disposal event, holiday parties, Food Bank distributions, and numerous town halls and community forums. Anthony has also taken an interest and speaking to and supporting folks involved in scouting, and supports scouting organizations as a public servant and Eagle Scout. Anthony remains active in his community and enjoy attending civic association meetings, community celebrations, and yard sales. Members of the community wishing to connect with Anthony or request his attendance at an event are welcome to contact him directly, he always makes time to follow up and spend time with his neighbors.
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It has been a humbling experience to serve as the State Senator for the 7th District. I'm running for reelection for a few reasons. First, I think people deserve continued topnotch constituent service. I've provided my personal cellphone number to everyone and make it continuously available so I can directly hear from those I’m tasked to serve. Second, I feel that now more than ever we need strong bipartisan and independence voices. I’ve consistently reached across the aisle to forge thoughtful and effective solutions, even in addressing controversial issues. Lastly, I'm committed to continuing the good work begun in tackling the problems that confront our communities, namely, eradicating addiction, supporting students and educators, bringing in more good-paying jobs, and confronting the COVID pandemic. Fundamentally, I’m proud to be a lifelong resident of Delaware and I believe in its people and its potential. I want to continue working with all to make Delaware’s future bright.
Yes, with changes. I would like to look at solutions for better accuracy for application mailing because I have heard multiple concerns from constituents about receiving incorrect ballots, ballots being mailed for folks who have passed away or moved, and the like. I have also heard of consistency concerns, with some folks being unable to vote or potentially not having voted due to timing of sending ballot. I am interested in refining the process to address those concerns. Finally, I believe there should be some limitation to prevent certain individuals from attempting to influence how people vote by collecting large quantities of ballots, a practice which increases the chances of improper activity. New Jersey has a rule about how many ballots an individual can carry and deliver for counting that are not their own ballot, I think a similar rule in Delaware would make sense.
Yes. I prime sponsored such a proposal that passed the Senate but failed in the House. We should take politics out of drawing these lines to extent possible. I’m concerned about a system that perpetuates gerrymandering and as a result, politicians chose their voters, as opposed to the other way around. In sum, Delaware would greatly benefit from having districts that are drawn in a way that is more focused around giving communities an appropriate voice for their common concerns, rather than preserving the legislative careers of those already elected.
I strongly support increased community policing and training. We should evaluate how we recruit, train, and compensate folks who are starting out their law enforcement careers. In that respect, departments should consider adopting the community police liaison model, which appears to have built a strong rapport between many active civics in the 7th and the NCC Police. I also intend on working with my colleagues to address proposals studying these issues through various taskforces, including those proposed by the Legislative Black Caucus.   That said, many in the 7th have expressed confidence in our police. I hear repeated requests for more enforcement and presence to address safety and quality of life issues. In that respect, it’s appropriate to look at the staffing levels and determine whether the perception of many in the community, that there are not enough police to address legitimate concerns, matches the reality. If so, we should examine how we can work to improve that situation.
One approach is through education equity. I was appointed to the Redding Consortium on Education Equity after volunteering to serve. I serve on the funding and governance working group, and believe having a fair and reasonable approach to addressing inequities born out of a failure to periodically reassess property values is vital.   I’m also an attorney and handle discrimination cases, including race, color, and ethnicity. We must improve laws protecting against hatred. One way is to adjust the short timeframe to submit a charge of discrimination. Because discrimination is traumatic, it sometimes takes time to muster courage to make a report, but the report may be too late to address the problem.   We need to continue to build relationships with neighbors and hear their concerns directly. Many bills I’ve worked on regarding this come from communicating with community members that have diverse experiences. Building strong relationships to identify and implement solutions is pivotal.
I support renewable energy. I also support efforts to preserve our natural places and protect Delaware communities from the effects of pollution. Specifically, the RPS should be examined coming into the 2025 timeframe, and we should adopt an approach to determine best next steps, including examining data from the coming years as the RPS continues. We should begin now in gathering together a broad group of stakeholders so we can determine what the best fit will be for Delaware, whereby we can dovetail encouraging the growth of clean and renewable energy with resolving any concerns about increased energy costs. I also think we need to have an honest discussion about what sort of things we count in Delaware as being renewable, as I have heard from many advocates, who are staunch environmentalists, that they feel the way some energy sources are currently defined is misleading.  
It should work better than it does. I believe there should be tighter requirements for turnaround of requested documents. There also needs to be clarity around disagreements over whether requested documents or categories of information exist. I have sometimes seen imprecise requests result in those, with a legitimate desire for transparency, being denied relevant information.   There should also be adjustments to permit folks with disabilities and other limitations to more readily participate in public meetings subject to FOIA. I’m pleased to be working with bipartisan group to address this. Finally, FOIA should be revisited in light of the state of emergency. We should have a way to keep the requirements of FOIA intact during an emergency, but have them adjusted consistent with the need for public health and safety so we still emphasize transparency, but in a manner that does not diminish the need to address public health risks. I hope to be a part of such an effort in the near future
Last edit date: published 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 468-6887
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Age 52
Education MA - University of Delaware; BA - Muhlenberg College
Work Experience Former Chief of Staff to the State Auditor; Adjunct at Wilmington University; Small business owner
Community Involvement Parish Council Member and Past Parish Council President - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Former Sunday School Teacher - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Wilmington Greek Festival Chair; Youth Advisor - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Board of Directors – Claymont Community Center (1998 – 2004)
Additional Information Member - The National Writers Union (NWU) - DC Chapter; Member and Past President - Public Relations Society of America, Delaware Chapter
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I am a lifelong Democrat running to represent a district whose values I share. The 7th Senate District is full of working families, caregivers, and small business owners — like me. My and I raised our two daughters here and before the pandemic hit, it was clear that the economy was not working for everyone and we could do better.

Now, through the prism of this pandemic, we are seeing what many of us have been saying all along: low-wage workers ARE essential employees, and the wages we pay them to keep our economy running are criminal; long-standing inequities in education are real, and have been exacerbated as students are forced into remote learning that is dependent on technology; essential health care is a right, pre-existing conditions must be covered, and we must do more to care for our aging population.
While the Delaware Republican Party fights our temporary mail voting law in court, I fully support Vote by Mail and would seek to make it a permanent fixture for Delaware voters. Additionally, I support no-excuse absentee voting, and would like to see an increase in the number of drop-off boxes across the state. In the future, I would love to see Delaware implement early voting because I believe that we should make it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.
First, we must ensure that the Census is not cut short so as to ensure Delawareans are counted. Yes, an independent redistricting commission would benefit Delaware in providing input to prevent district lines from being drawn with political motives.
Law enforcement has a tremendously difficult job, and part of that job is building and maintaining trust with communities in the middle of a national conversation that can be uncomfortable and divisive. We’re lucky in the 7th Senate District to be served by some of the state’s best police departments. New Castle County PD is one of Delaware’s pioneers of community policing, including in the recent expansion of its Behavioral Health Unit, which helps keep people in crisis safe, healthy, and on a path to recovery instead of prison. We have to do more than talk about this issue. For starters, we need to fund body cameras and I’ll vote to support that funding. We need to continue the State’s work on criminal justice reform, including juvenile justice reforms that didn’t get done in the last two years and I would support recommended changes to the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.
The first place we can look to reduce racial inequity is in our schools. Delaware students deserve to benefit from a weighted funding system that better equips our schools who have a higher number of low-income students, ELLs, and students of color. We must work to create more pathways to hire Black and brown educators which is shown to have a very positive impact on the academic success of Black and brown students. A great deal of racial justice work lies within the efforts to reform our criminal justice system. Improving policing practices, reducing mandatory minimum sentences, and better funding preventative and trauma-informed mental health services will go a long way to keeping people out of the justice system. Delaware also needs more affordable housing opportunities, as well as increased access to quality and safe public transportation. We can and must address this issue comprehensively.
As the lowest-lying state in the nation, Delaware has a lot to gain by becoming an environmental leader. I support expanding the Renewable Portfolio Standard and providing incentives for green job creation. Now is the time to invest in clean energy sources, not turn away from them. Fifteen years ago, Delaware became one of the first states to require power companies to buy a larger portion of their electricity from renewable sources, like wind and solar. Other states followed suit and are now far outpacing us.
As the former chief of staff for the Auditor of Accounts, I support efforts to increase transparency especially as it pertains to FOIA. I would like to see that FOIA is equally applied to all entities created by the State through the Delaware Code.