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Delaware State House District 30

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    Chuck Groce
    (Dem)

  • Shannon W Morris **
    (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: updated 10/4/2020
Phone: (302) 379-7584
Campaign email: charles.groce@hughes.net
Age 60
Education Diploma from Caesar Rodney H.S. 1978. B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science from Ursinus College. Graduated 1982. Accumulated credits from the Community College of the Air Force. Inducted Phi Theta Kappa for Culinary Arts at Delaware Tech 2016.
Work Experience 1982-1990 Shift Supervisor at ILC Dover 1990-2015 Delaware State Police retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. 2016-2020 Second in Command (Lieutenant) Wyoming Police Department 1988-2012 U.S.Air Force Reserves retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. Veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom and Afghanistan.
Community Involvement Member of the United States Trotting Association since 1984. Member of Crossroad Christian Church since 2000.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Charles_Groce
I have spent the majority of my life in service to this country and the State of Delaware. As a police officer I experienced the plight of people from various walks of life and socioeconomic statuses. It is my belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard. Many are not being heard by our political leaders today merely because of their race, gender, socioeconomic status or their inability to vote or their choice not to for whatever reason. Many politicians turn a deaf ear to people who fall into those classes to cater to the ones who cast votes. I seek this office to be the representative to hear all of the voices regardless of their status. To bring people together in unity and to generate legislation that would be beneficial to all.
I support voting via mai for several reasons. The elderly who cannot make it to the polls for whatever reason can now continue to have their voice heard through the vote. Individuals that work jobs that require them to work odd hours can cast their votes without fear if missing the polls due to work demands. People who lack transportation and cannot get to the polls can cast their vote and be heard. These are just a few reasons th as t voting via mail is an exceptional option as it allows more individuals to actively participate in the election process. As to modifications of the process, this is the first time that challenges of voter fraud has been vehemently charged against the process. Before modifications need to be considered we must first let the process work as is. Then if there are any vulnerabilities make the necessary adjustments to eliminate causes of concern.
I do not like the idea of redistricting as it leads to nothing more than political Gerrymandering to obtain power and control. I believe the district's should be equally and geographically established and then set in stone. Redistricting is mainly due to population ships and growth. That should not affect the established boundaries of a district.
This is not an issue to be legislated. This issue must be resolved directly by the police agencies and the communities they serve. Leaders of the respective police agencies must do their part to assure the communities they are doing all that they can internally to assure they are providing safe, equitable, timely and first rate police services th the community. There must be continual training for officers on the cultural differences and the ever changing dynamics of today's society. Communities must accept that the police officers are there to perform a function. Most accept the call from a desire to serve or as a continued family tradition. Citizens must recognize the authority of the badge and refrain from unnecessary challenges while the justice system must play it's part in assuring that authority in not being abused or misused and take the necessary action when it is.
This is a deep rooted issue that can only be resolved with time and a change of mindset of those in power. The first step is to recognize the issue exists. Stereotypes and prejudices must be cast down before the first step can materialize. The second step would be to create cultural diversity in high offices in equally proportionate numbers. Then support the trickle down effect from there.
I support renewable energy. I am an owner of a renewable energy system. The effects of Global Warming are evident worldwide. We should continue to strive for our target of 25% renewable by 2025. Electric suppliers are already actively creating generation farms. As for solar energy, the sun will always shine and there is only a one time cost to harnessing the power it provides.
The Freedom of Information Act is a pipeline for information to be made known to the public. It also protects sensitive information. Used properly it is a watchdog to organizations to assure they are being compliant to the laws of the land and exposes misused and abuses. Improperly used it causes misunderstandings and hardships. Having never used or been the target of a FOIA request I cannot comment on how well it is working nor can i offer any suggestions on change.
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