Delaware State House District 10
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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Sean Matthews **
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?
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B.A. Eastern University
-District 10 State Representative
-Board Member at Fair Blue Swim Club
-Former President of the Chalfonte Civic Association
Serving my neighbors as State Representative in the 10th District has been such an honor. Delaware's future is full of promise and challenges. I'm running for re-election to continue listening and collaborating with my neighbors and my colleagues in the General Assembly to solve those challenges and make Delaware as strong as it can be for all of our families.
It should be easier, not harder, for Delawareans to exercise their right to vote. I co-sponsored the vote-by-mail bill and I support it as an option for all future elections. Voting by mail is secure and allows Delawareans to cast their ballot without risking their health and safety during situations like COVID-19.
Election districts should be fairly drawn. I'm not certain creating a new commission or governmental body is the path forward, but I support efforts to ensure that election districts are equitably drawn.
Citizens and law enforcement officers need to have trust and good communication with each other. Police have a difficult job and I support increasing police training around de-escalation techniques, anti-bias measures and authentic community policing practices. I recently attended a listening session between community members and the State Police. We need to increase programs like this and work together so that the police can protect and serve all Delawareans. Law enforcement serve a vital function in our community and they need to constantly build trust and communication with the people they serve.
I was proud to stand with my colleagues in the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus as they proposed their "Justice for All" agenda. Since then, we banned chokeholds, created a Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force and an African American Task Force. I hope to work with my colleagues to complete the "Justice for All" agenda
We also need to safely regulate and tax marijuana. Black Delawareans are more likely to experience marijuana related arrests than white Delawareans despite similar rates of marijuana usage. Disproportionate enforcement of drug laws creates situations in which some Delawareans experience increased contact with the criminal justice system. This increased contact affects educational, career and family outcomes and increases racial inequality.
We need to prepare for the transition to cleaner and renewable energy. Delaware has many low areas at risk from climate change. We must act. Cleaner and renewable energy also increases the air quality in our community. I support increasing the RPS.
We should review how much agencies are able to charge for FIOA requests and encourage the use of electronic releases to bring down these costs. Additionally, my colleagues and I in the General Assembly recently passed S1 for SB 243, which amends FOIA to expand the ability to hold meetings virtually. This will increase the participation of members of the public in state bodies and ensure their voices are heard.
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