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Delaware State House District 08

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    Sherae'a Moore **
    (Dem)

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    Daniel M Zitofsky
    (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 8/3/2020
Phone: (302) 256-9313
Campaign email: info@mooreforde.com
Website or social media link: http://www.mooreforde.com
Age 30
Education Bachelor of Art in English Literature -Delaware State University Masters of Art in Public Administration- Liberty University
Work Experience Middle School ELA Teacher -Legislative Assistant: Delaware Democratic House Caucus -Operations Assistant: Upper Bay Counseling & Support Services
Community Involvement •Member, NAACP •Member, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (Former Education & Youth Chair) •Member, National Collation of 100 Black Women Delaware Chapter •Board Member, GGTG Community Outreach: President of Youth Outreach •Member, Big Brothers Big Sister of Delaware
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Sherae'a_Moore
What has and continues to motivate me to run for office is the dire need for principled leadership that will focus on transforming our education system, increasing access to affordable health coverage, and protecting the environment for all families and future generations here in Middletown, and through the state.
The vote by mail process is an effort that will increase voter participation in the 8th district and across the state. Yes, I would vote to continue the vote by mail option as this gives voters more access and opportunity to partake in our democracy. We need to continuously fight for the expansion of policy that improves, protects, and ensures voter access to the ballot box. One modification that I would make is, amending the requirement for needing a reason to request an absentee ballot.
Delaware would benefit from having an independent redistricting commission. When it comes to making sure that our elections are functioning as our democracy intended, the conversation should begin with examining how district lines are drawn. Having the legislature in charge of redistricting, often leads to gerrymandering and incumbent favoring. It would be best to have an independent committee to redraw the election districts to ensure that the process has no political motives. The independent commission should be made up of a representative sample of Delawareans who want to take a more active role in the democratic process.
If elected, I would work to mandate that all policing agencies in the state of Delaware are required to wear body cameras while on duty as part of their operations. There needs to be more transparency between law enforcement agencies and the community. Moreover, there should be community oversight committees established to ensure these agencies are doing right by the people they are sworn to protect. I will work hard to ensure that every police agency throughout the state staff reflects the population that they serve.
The reduction of racial inequality starts with examining the structures that are in places such as education, healthcare, and other systems that for far too long have disenfranchised and inadequately served marginalized citizens. Racism is a taught behavior that is reinforced through implicit biases and systematic practices. Reducing or eliminating racial inequality in Delaware is absolutely possible; it just has to be made a priority. Diversity and inclusion should stay at the forefront of the minds of those who are in power to influence change. This is why it is important for all levels of government reflect the population that it serves. We must address America’s original sin which started institutionalized and systemic racial inequalities and injustices that plague our communities today. If elected, I plan to hold a mirror to these inequities.
Renewable Portfolio Standard is a start but is not enough for Delaware. We need to go further than being at 25% of the minimum cumulative percentage from eligible energy resources by 2025. Lawmakers need to make greater strides to enforce the law we have in place other than rolling back our energy goals each year. The science is clear, we do not have much more time before our planet is irreversibly damaged and Delaware should be a leader in renewable energy. It is time for the General Assembly to begin to make way on ensuring we are actively reaching our goal. If elected, I will make sure we work with our energy partners to position Delaware on the pathway forward to become a leading State in renewable energy.
Working for the legislature, I have spoken with several constituents regarding their concerns with Delaware's Freedom of Information Act. I do not believe FOIA is working well for the public as I have heard that there is a lot of red tape with the request process. Also, the average constituent is not aware that Delaware's Freedom of Information Act exists. I would work to make sure that this process is more transparent and accessible.
Last edit date: submitted 10/23/2020
Phone: (302) 480-1207
Campaign email: danzitofsky@yahoo.com
Website or social media link: http://zitofskyforrepresentative.com
Age 48
Education Bachelors of Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL
Work Experience -Retired Navy Veteran Persian Gulf War -1st Responder WTC, NYC Police Department - Mortgage Broker - Real Estate Investment Banker - Small Business Consultant and Investor to over 50 Small Businesses
Community Involvement Baseball and Football Coach over 20 years Easter Seals Food Bank Exec Producer "Wish Man" re: Make A wish Foundation Operation Underground Multiple Veteran Fund Raisers
Additional Information Dan Zitofsky is a true American who fought for this country and is a 1st responder. Dan has also been a small business owner and helped build communities with affordable housing and bringing jobs and tax dollars into emerging markets which he can do for Middletown and Delaware as well.
I decided to run for office to continue the trajectory of the state with small businesses, quality better-paying jobs, safety in the community, protecting our freedoms and rights, and working with both the parents and schools to get the kids safely back to school. I have 30 years of experience serving the country and community and want to use that to make Delaware a great place to raise our families for future generations. There has been so much done and so much more than can be done with a voice for the people in Dover. My 30-year history proves that I don't just talk about change, I actually have a plan and look forward to bringing it to the people for their feedback.
No, I wouldn't support mail in voting as we have shown there are tons of errors and destroys the sanity of our rights to vote in person. We do have a system in place for absentee ballots and I am against anything that can bring fraud or errors to something we have fought for to have these freedoms.
I do believe a non partisan independent redistricting commission would be imperative. This would remove any gerrymandering or unfair practices allowing all to be represented fairly.
I have been involved in the New York Community Policing Program and was instrumental in turning around relationships between the community and police departments at that time. I was part of the "CPR Program." This is the Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect initiative. We need more funding for Police training and officers. I would work with the Mayor, Police Chief, and County Council to increase budgets to have officers able to handle this rather than defunding them. With more training on community policing and officers, we can have a presence in the community on foot patrol. This has proven to bring better relations between the police and the community. Fostering these relationships will bring respect from both sides and allow us all to live in safer, more friendly communities.
I beleive we can do this by acknowledging their is an issue while also coming up with a solution. If we bring all parties to the table to some up with a plan to work on the inequality together, both sides will feel invested for a safer stronger community. We cant just ponder on the issue without any solution. All families want to live in a safe community feeling respected.
I don't believe the government should be driving this. This is an issue consumers should be handling. So, a regional requirement that ultimately increases the cost of electricity and transfers the cost of one state to another violates a state's right. It violates the US Constitution under the dormant commerce clause. The "Dormant Commerce Clause" states "The “Dormant” Commerce Clause ultimately means that because Congress has been given power over interstate commerce, states cannot discriminate against interstate commerce nor can they unduly burden interstate commerce, even in the absence of federal legislation regulating the activity. RGGI has already raised electric rates in non-RGGI PJM states by up to $3 billion, and new rules going into effect in 2019 may raise electric rates by up to $16 billion between 2020 and 2030, with no end in sight. These estimates are based on documents from RGGI, Inc. itself, but can be confirmed by PJM.
This is extremely beneficial but unfortunately is usually delayed in response. Its become a cumbersome task, but it's better than not having it. Some requests have been quicker to get information but priors have taken months. In some cases, it was refused until covid is over when requesting health data. If the process was streamlined it could be much better.