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Delaware State House District 18

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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    David S Bentz **
    (Dem)

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) 383-1558
Campaign email: bentzforthe18th@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://facebook.com/repdavidbentz
Age 34
Education BA, Penn State University; MPA, University of Delaware
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/David_Bentz
It has been an honor to represent the 18th district since 2015. My motivation to run for office is to provide representation that is responsive to constituent concerns and driven to bring about substantive policy improvements in Dover. I believe I have been able to up hold both of those priorities and would like to continue that work for another term.
Yes. Vote by mail was an essential part of our COVID-19 response, as it protected the integrity of our elections and allowed for all to safely participate. Going forward, its utility extends beyond emergency use during this pandemic. Vote by mail gives people options in how they vote and makes this fundamental right as convenient as possible for everyone to exercise. We should pass legislation in 2021 that makes vote by mail a permanent option for residents of Delaware like so many other states have done across the country.
Yes, but we need to ensure that it is truly independent. Too often, commissions like this are simply one step removed from the political leadership and do not completely operate in an independent fashion. This is something to be mindful of when we consider different proposals, but I do support instituting a system that ensures people are choosing their elected officials instead of elected officials choosing their constituents.
I support a host of reforms to criminal justice and policing in Delaware. We need to reform Delaware's LEOBOR, mandate the use of body cameras, create a statewide civilian review board, strengthen our use of force standard, provide greater transparency for police discipline records, and pass the entirety of the "Justice for All" agenda that was proposed by the Legislative Black Caucus. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I believe these should all be essential parts of our state's efforts to address long standing issues in our policing and criminal justice policy.
As state government, our goal should be to root out and eliminate the inequities and injustices that exist within our institutions; both public and private. Their presence is widespread and our response needs to include reforms to education, healthcare, criminal justice, policing, employment, and environmental policy. This is no small task and some of these are easier to address than others. However, it is imperative that we don't stop until we can create a society that gives everyone an equal opportunity to achieve their goals, regardless of race.
It is time to increase Delaware's Renewable Portfolio Standard. We have been able to meet many of the goals initially set by the law, but we can't stop our progress now given the threat posed by climate change. Legislation was proposed last year to set newer, higher, renewable energy targets in Delaware and we should pass this legislation in 2021. We should also revisit the RPS with regularity to make sure we are continuing to push for greater production of renewable energy and less reliance on fossil fuels.
It is not working as well as it should. One consistent complaint I hear about our FOIA process is the long delays people experience when making requests and the financial costs associated with those requests. The state should consider putting more resources toward our FOIA compliance and response to reduce these wait times and fees. Transparency and accountability need to be a priority of government and making this information difficult to obtain is an unacceptable obstacle to this.