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Delaware State House District 37

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    Ruth B King **
    (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: (303) 856-2772
Campaign email: ruthbriggsking@aol.com
Website or social media link: http://Meetruth.com
Age 64
Education MS Human Resources leadership & instruction BS business ( supervision and management AS. Medical laboratory technology
Work Experience . Ruth is a gifted and engaging presenter as well as a consultant for not for profit organizations and strategic human resources. She has an extensive resume in a variety of fields including medical, education, banking and finance with an emphasis on leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning. Ruth is known for her honesty, straight forwardness, problem solving abilities and her focus on issues to get results.
Community Involvement Advisory board Sussex county for Delaware state university, and University of Delaware, Board of directors for boys and girls club Oak orchard and Riverdale; Sussex county community crisis house and cheer foundation board. Member of Georgetown chamber of commerce, Bayshore community church and the Sussex county women’s Republican club and the Fund for Women.
Additional Information Ruth was invited to attend four significant legislative leader events outside of Delaware including: Civility Training in Hyannis Port, MA, Robert Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy at the Fels Institute with Council of State Governments, the National Federation of Legislative Women where she serves as the State Director for Delaware and she is a Tolls Fellow. She also serves on the Eastern Region Transportation Committee and the National Committee on Emerging Issues in Health Care for the Council.
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Ruth_Briggs_King
I am truly engaged on so many issues and wish to continue to work on those important and complex issues for our District. We are in a difficult and challenging time; therefore, my experience and desire to problem solve using my vast experience is most helpful in the decision process. I am fortunate to have developed and extended my network of contacts that enables me to know who to call and when to call to get answers or seek solutions. I enjoy helping businesses and people navigate their issues to get answers and resolve their problems. I think this is the time for proven leadership and knowledge to move us forward and I have both to offer.
It is too soon to say if "extending" mail in ballots is a viable option for Delaware. We have new voting machines and new rules for the process as well as challenges in adequately communicating those changes. I want every eligible resident to vote and every vote to count but we must ensure we have safeguards and processes in place to protect those votes. Anyone using The voter registration list realizes it is not current and this must occur to protect voters. All this aside, the Delaware constitution does not provide for mail in ballots and that change must be addressed. I have a list of items that would need to be considered and place "mail in ballots" with similar safeguards as absentee balloting. I'd like to take it a step further and allow Delaware residents to vote in any location on election day. The data base should allow me to vote in person, anywhere in Delaware. I should be able to access the correct ballot based on my current address and cast that ballot in any location.
I have supported an independent redistricting commission, the irony is that this "commission" would be appointed and therefore, political! Currently, the majority party draws the lines and contracts with a mapping firm to assist the process. Unfortunately, the process is driven by the desire for the majority party to retain power or control. I am hopeful the 2020 Census will demonstrate the need for additional seats in Sussex County where we have seen much in-migration and growth occur.. In 2010 my "district" was severely changed to create a disadvantage for me; however, the disadvantage was to the people with 19947 zipcodes that resulted in 5 other representatives having constituents in 19947. Residents remain confused about who to "call" and I still take their calls and help them. Most of the Sussex Representatives have over 19,000 constituents while some in New Castle have less than 8,000 to represent. This imbalance needs to be corrected and focus on people not politics!
Actually, our Community has confidence in our law enforcement personnel. I have attended numerous events this year, organized by local groups and to quote one organizer, " we love our local law enforcement" . They protect us and work with us to build stronger communities. We are using practices and adding practices that are merely "discussed" in other areas. I was selected to serve on the Law Enforcement Accountability Taskforce and we are having an open and authentic discussion on various topics. Effective Communications and community engagement are key elements to mutual understanding and increasing awareness and confidence on all levels.
First, you need to define "racial inequality" , identify where and why it is occurring. Allow me to explain, I know how I sometimes feel as the only woman in a room of men, but it is difficult to determine if this feeling is mine or is a fact. What practices or policies are "racist" and who determines what is inequality? As a child, I was whining to my Mother, " that's not fair" when my brothers were allowed to do something I was not and she said, everything doesn't have to be even to be fair." We need to have authentic discussions and ask difficult questions to make true progress on all levels.
I believe Delaware has made significant steps in a short time for the RPS. I believe we need to balance the need and demand with the cost to the energy providers. I hear from those in small towns complain about their energy costs as well as businesses that avoid bringing good jobs to Delaware because of our energy costs. Our energy providers have invested significant money in meeting and exceeding requirements. They want what we want, clean and affordable energy. We should encourage and support their strategic goals and work with them rather than dictate " numbers". We have to consider how "little" our neighboring states are doing and the impact ( economically and environmentally" on Delaware.
It is too difficult to obtain information from various government agencies. you can make a request, find it costly to get copies, etc. I would like to establish a standard administrative fee that is reasonable. I understand some requests are significant and take time to assemble the information from various sources; however, there needs to be a review and recommendations on how to simplify and have this consistent throughout agencies.