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Delaware State Senate District 08

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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  • David P Sokola **
    (Dem)

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) 540-8881
Campaign email: senatordave@live.com
Website or social media link: http://senatordave.org
Age 65
Education BSPE 1977 - UD
Work Experience 34 yrs DuPont (1981-2015) State Senator 1990 - present Fitness Instructor - 1998 - present
Community Involvement Beech Hill Maintenance Association - Area Rep. Previous activity in various civic organizations Previous Officer in a number of athletic organizations including Delaware Soccer Association, DE Youth Soccer Association, DE soccer officials Association, Interstate Umpires Association
Additional Information I love cycling, yard work, and became a beekeeper this year.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/David_Sokola
The issue of construction debris pits was a motivator in 1990, and I have continued to work on various land use, education, environmental, and fiscal matters.
Yes, and have co-sponsored legislation to amend the Constitution (HB73) to lift the restrictions on absentee voting. I think we should allow maximum flexibility to voters for the voting process. I also support early in-person voting, and our newest technology can accommodate this.
Yes. I have co-sponsored and supported such legislation multiple times. This will be the 4th redistricting during which I have served and I would much rather focus on the many other things on which I was elected to work.
There are various efforts that are now underway and lead by the AG and the Legislative Black Caucus, with broad stakeholder involvement. I supported setting up those that required a legislative resolution, and will press to ensure that the recommendations get their proper attention and action. I do believe that use of force, especially lethal force, should require an independent review.
There are some essential conversations that we need to have around racial inequality, and these may be discussions that will be very uncomfortable for many people. There have been a number of groups established around exposing racism in public, private and charter schools. I have participated in zoom meetings and believe all policy makers, teachers and administrators need to listen to the very important stories that show what so many of our young people are experiencing in the education system today. After listening, we need to jointly establish a path forward and monitor the effectiveness of what we do to ensure equity in our system of education. Concurrently with these school based efforts, we need to work in the broader community to acknowledge existing systemic racism and injustice, which includes a significant amount of economic injustice. Insurance and loans, both personal and business, need to be color blind, and opportunities need to be expanded for minorities in Delaware.
The bad news is Climate change is real, and a threat to our health and our national security. The good news is we can make a significant impact and create good quality jobs in addressing it. I have co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to increase the renewable portfolio standard, and will continue to advocate for these measures. Unfortunately, between circulation and introduction the most recent of these bills have introduced late when they could not go through the committee process. This is too important to not have an open, transparent and inclusive process.
The public should have full access to information related to public expenditures, as well as decisions around regulatory decision-making. The current law requires that if a document exists, it must be made available, but it allows that if one does not exist, it does not need to be created. This is too often used as an excuse to not produce the information that was requested. When people then ask for "related" information, they may be snowed under with volumes of documents. This has been especially true around education finance requests. We need to do a better job of ensuring that public servants make a good faith effort to answer the question and not search for ways to meet the letter of the law, but completely miss the spirit of the law. There are now efforts to review other state's laws to consider which changes would be best. Some look great on paper, but come with significant costs due to the need to hire legal entities for redacting personal or proprietary information.