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A.A.S. Architectural Engineering Technology, Delaware Technical and Community College;
B.A. History, University of Delaware
I've been employed at the University for 25 years, 11 years in my current position.
Former Vice President - Brookside Community (Homeowners Association)
Volunteer at church food pantry outreach
Executive Board Member - Delaware Rail Splitters Society
This is an extraordinary opportunity to serve the community and Delaware. For too long, the voices of many have not been heard in Dover as jobs and opportunity have gone away. Our schools are under-performing, and our police are under-appreciated. I want to help bring back our schools, our jobs, and our respect for civil servants.
I recognize that these are unique circumstances. I feel that the present mail-in system was rushed and steps were not adequately taken to ensure against fraud. With the reports of mail-in ballots being found in the trash, it has shaken my faith in some of our institutions. Presently, absentee ballots are allowed to be used upon request, and this is how it should continue. Sometimes, voter information isn't always up to date and when some resident receive applications for mail in ballots and others do not, it creates the perception that some voters may be preferred over another.
At this point, this is not a bad idea. One Party is in control of all parts of government presently, and should this be the case after elections, who's to say they may not redraw lines to keep things in their favor? An independent group can prove neutral oversight.
I would encourage police to visit schools, for educational purposes. It would be a sort of meet and greet, and it could be for all grades. Students can ask the police questions about their job, and what their responsibilities are. It will create a connection that police officers are part of the neighborhood and are not to be afraid of or disrespected.
Primarily, this would be learned. Racism is learned. Right now, minorities are treated as monolithic voting blocs or "others" and are taken for granted that voters who identify as such will vote a certain way. For example, Christina School District has a section carved out of downtown Wilmington, which is non-contiguous and quite distant from the core of the district, and there is no high school in the neighborhood of this part of Wilmington. Thus, if high school students living here attend their assigned school, they must wake up that much earlier to catch a bus across town, and ride back in the afternoon, arriving that much later. This separates them from their community, and takes time out of their day. Parents won't feel connected but will feel encumbered should they need to visit the school for any reason. Students living in this part of Wilmington tend to be a part of minority groups, and are set up to fail. Minorities are historically under-served,and this must change.
I feel that if we are to push for renewable energy, it should be driven by incentive as opposed to punitive measures. It is my understanding that there are penalties for failure to comply, and this doesn't help as the cost would just be passed on the the consumer as well. Fossil fuels, for better or worse, are cheaper presently, and technology is available to more responsible and cleaner use of these in the meantime. As renewable energy processing becomes more widely available, the costs should come down. Penalties should rather be levied for lack of effort to comply rather than inability.
I feel it works well enough. If I had to recommend anything, make any announcements more public and more often.
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Bachelors in International Relations and Asian Studies, minors in Arabic, Islamic Studies and History, University of Delaware, 2016
Part-time student in the Masters in Public Policy and Urban Affairs Program, Biden School at University of Delaware, Expected 2021
Policy Analyst at the University of Delaware Biden Institute (2018-Present)
Legislative Aide, Delaware House of Representatives (Past)
Legislative Fellow, Delaware Senate (Past)
Legislative Fellow, Delaware House of Representatives (Past)
Staff manager, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware (Past)
Greater Newark Chapter of the NAACP, Member
UD NAACP, Chapter Advisor
Network Delaware, Member
Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights, Member
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Member
Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Member
Endorsed by Progressive Democrats of Delaware, Emgage, Run for Something, Working Families Party, Democracy for America
I've spent my entire life in the south Newark, and I've grown up loving the richness and diversity of my community. However, I've also seen the struggles that people have to deal with. In middle school, I went to public school but in high school I ended up going to a charter school because my parents were worried about the quality of our local school. When in college, I started working in the state legislature as a fellow and eventually a full-time staffer and saw up close how our legislators were not willing or able to fix the fundamental problems of our community, whether they be education, health care, or criminal justice reform. From my years as a legislative aide and then a policy analyst at the Biden Institute, but also my years as an organizer and community activist, I believe that I have the perspective and the experience that our community needs.
I would absolutely support continuing vote by mail in the future. I believe that it would also be useful to move to a system like Washington or Colorado where people are mailed the ballot by default, which has been proven to increase voter turnout.
I would support Delaware creating an independent redistricting commission. I believe that our district borders should be based on compactness and fairness, not what is convenient to our political leadership. I've seen too many examples where districts were drawn poorly to punish incumbents, discourage challengers, or gain advantage.
This is an issue that I care about deeply and have been organizing around since college. There are some basic reforms that could be made to increase accountability of law enforcement in Delaware. First of all, body cams should have been required years ago, but they are not enough. We need to also reform the Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights which has been used to quash investigations and hide important information from the public. Another accountability reform would be establishing Civilian Police Review Boards for local and state departments with subpoena power. This would allow the communities to serve as a more effective check on their police departments, Lastly, we need to demilitarize the police and move that funding to programs that solve underlying issues like homelessness, addiction, and abuse.
There are many ways that racial inequality can be reduced and eliminated in Delaware. The first are some of the law enforcement reforms mentioned above. However, there is much more that we need to do. We need to reform our education system to give more funding to low-income students and English language learners. We need to ensure health care for all, which includes addressing racial bias and unacceptable infant and maternal mortality rates among Black women. We need to address environmental racism and the comprehensive health effects of industry that largely impact Black and Hispanic communities in Delaware. Lastly, we need to address economic inequality more broadly by raising the minimum wage, increasing affordable housing, and reducing the costs of basic needs like child care.
I am a strong supporter of the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard and would push to expand renewables in the state of Delaware. I also believe that the RPS should be extended to fall in line with the IPCC report on climate change, trying to bring us to 100% renewable energy by 2050. We should make sure that this green transition focuses on the communities that have been most affected by climate change, and create new green jobs in manufacturing, construction, and engineering.
The Delaware Freedom of Information Act is not providing nearly enough transparency for the people of Delaware. I believe that it should be changed to provide less exemptions that allow public officials to hide important information and decisions from the general public. We should also bring transparency to more parts of our government, such as the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, and institutions that receive government money like the University of Delaware.