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Delaware State House District 35

The Delaware House of Representatives consists of 41 members, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Representative may serve. All revenue generating legislation must begin in the House.State representatives 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 Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the House. The Speaker is elected to the position by a majority of the representatives to run the mechanics of the House, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.

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    Darrynn Harris
    (Dem)

  • Jesse R Vanderwende **
    (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) 232-5342
Campaign email: darrynn4delaware@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://www.facebook.com/friendsofdarrynnharris
Age 33
Education B.S. in Middle Level Education-Delaware State University
Work Experience Teacher, Dorchester County Public Schools, MD
Additional Information Former member of the Delaware State Education Association
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Darrynn_Harris
I am seeking this office out of a sense of civic responsibility. Given the civil, political and racial unrest in our nation, I felt compelled to lend my voice to improving the condition of the people of the 35th District.
I would support continuing the vote by mail option for future Delaware elections. With the uncertainty of the future of COVID-19, it would be prudent to have an option available to voters statewide that minimizes potential risks and increases ballot access to those who otherwise wouldn't engage in the election process. I would modify the timelines for mailing requests and ballots to ensure the Department of Elections and Postal Service can appropriately handle the volume of election mail.
Following the 2020 census, I do believe Delaware would benefit from having an independent redistricting commission. Concern for gerrymandering is present among both Democrats and Republicans. To restore public trust in the legislative process, I would support an independent commission that is non-partisan.
If elected, I will push for community policing--advocating for police to engage their communities as public servants rather than "enforcers." In order to regain trust and support, communities want to know their police as people. Becoming more community oriented would help to increase community confidence in law enforcement personnel.
I believe that racial inequality can be reduced in Delaware through educating people about racism/racial inequality. Having dialogues about racism and implicit biases is critical to reducing racism. Unfortunately, racism/racial inequality exists in Delaware and will not just disappear by itself. In order for people to change behavior, they have to first be aware the behavior exists and be willing to change the behavior.

As Delaware seeks to reduce racial inequality, we have to examine our biases in all areas of government: education, law enforcement, justice, human services and public health.
I believe Delaware should move toward renewable energy! If we expect to have a Delaware to pass to future generations, we have to begin to operate in a more environmentally-conscious way. I view the RPS as a mechanism to push us toward a sustainable future for Delaware.
I believe Delaware's Freedom of Information Act is working well in keeping the public informed of the workings of our democracy. The accountability and transparency it allows for are an excellent tool for the public.
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