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Delaware State House District 09

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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    Debbie Harrington
    (Dem)

  • Kevin S Hensley **
    (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) 376-7308
Campaign email: Vote4harrington@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://debbieharrington.com/
Education BS Psychology Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA MS National Resource Strategy National Defense University (ICAF) Washington, DC Ed.D. Organizational Leadership Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE
Work Experience U.S. Army. Logistics Officer The Sanctuary Chief Operating Officer The Resurrection Center, Senior Administrator Division for the Visually Impaired Deputy Director
Community Involvement Delaware State University Board of Trustees Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc MOT NAACP Women United, United Way of Delaware Veterans of Foreign Wars
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Debbie_Harrington
I am running for office because it is another way for me to serve and service is very much who I am. I have a life long record of service starting with growing up with a relatively large family to spending 25 years of caring, leading thousands of soldiers and their families, to building communities through ministry work.

I will follow up with that. My timing for running is because we are in a serious state of affairs nationally which influences what we do locally with healthcare, women’s rights, criminal justice, gun laws, voting and by all means racial justice. So the time calls for more people of color, more women, more young minds so that we speak with much more diverse thinking and approaches. Frankly, the time calls for caregivers. We must have people in office who think first about caring for others. So here I am, running for office.
Yes, I support vote by mail. We must be vigilant in ensuring that all people have unimpeded access to vote. This is the 21st Century, we are no longer limited by manual participation. COVID-19 helped demonstrate how effective we can be with technology. For the future modifications should include not only vote by mail, but early voting and same day voter registration.
In the past redistricting has occurred without the benefit of independent counsel and the process has be tagged with lack of transparency and gerrymandering. We must have an independent commission to alleviate even the appearance of improper dealings and to put a stop to setting the boundaries to achieve party preference. These are the things that make the community distrust the system.
Lack of transparency is a leading contributor to the degradation of public confidence in the law enforcement system, not all personnel. It is not that people want the police force disbanded, nor defunded. Many in the public have family, friends and neighbors serving on the police force, but there is a problem that we must face as a country and as a state with accountability and transparency. It is a matter of life and the protection of people. Any reasonable person can see the trouble that exists with police authority. It is not shaped by transparency, nor does it hold individual misconduct accountable. With great reason we must legislate Citizen Review Boards with subpoena power to operate throughout the state and alongside every police force for the purpose of transparency, accountability, advisory, community trust and police-community relations. This is not just meaningful to the public, but for the police force as well.
The elimination of racial inequalities will start when the wealth gap is closed, when education is equitable, when quality healthcare is affordable and accessible, when criminal justice is reformed and when environmental justice is achieved. We cannot change people’s thoughts, but we can make laws to eliminate discriminatory practices and systems.
Delaware lawmakers have already started to suggest a steeper goal than the current Renewable Portfolio Standard of 25% by 2025, which is right for our communities. VP Biden calls for 100% clean electricity by 2035 for all of America. Delaware’s current standard lags in its RPS goal. Not only must we move to clean green energy instead of fossil fuels for a healthy environment, but this is our opportunity to create jobs that would help boost the economy and make our families stronger.
FOIA does not work well for the public at large, but not for reasons pertaining to the act. It does not work well because the general public is unaware of the law, the process to exercise the law and the information, which is covered under the law. FOIA must be put forth in ways similar to HIPAA Privacy Compliance. Decided documents must contain an explanation of the right to FOIA. I would suggest that agencies subject to FOIA apply a statement of explanation on their documents and communications to the public and require acknowledgement by the consumer that they have seen and been informed of the right to FOIA. This would become a practice and people would be better informed.
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