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Delaware State Senate District 13

The Delaware Senate is composed of 21 members, each of whom is elected to a four-year term, except when reapportionment occurs at which time Senators may be elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Senator may serve.State senators 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 Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. The President Pro Tempore is a senator elected to the position by a majority of the members to run the mechanics of the Senate, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.

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  • Alexander M Homich
    (Rep)

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    Marie Pinkney **
    (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?

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Last edit date: submitted 8/7/2020
Phone: (302) 281-4088
Campaign email: marie4senate@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://www.marie4senate.com
Age 25
Education Bachelors of Social Work - Norfolk State University 2013 Master of Social Work - Delaware State University 2014
Work Experience Christiana Care Health Systems 2018 Case Manger/ Complex Case Manager Case Manager/Trauma Social Worker Case Manager/Unit Based Case Manager Conducts patient education; collaborates with patients/members to establish realistic goals and activities to enhance patient self-management and participation in care plan. Acts as consultant to members of the health care team and is very visible Participates in data collection Uses theoretical and educational frameworks and expert clinical knowledge base to promote and provide patient, family staff and community education. Aquila of Delaware 2014-2017 Family Therapist Group Therapist Facilitate evidenced based therapy practices focused on adolescents who were experiencing substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Engage insurance companies for maximum client experience. Child Inc Intern Facilitating family meetings, transporting clients to needed medical and psychological appointments.
Community Involvement 2020 James H Gilliam Sr. Fellow Building capacity of participants to become policy makers, advocates, and community organizers Toastmaster’s International Promoting communication and public speaking skills CCHS PRIDE Christiana Care Employee Resource Group for those identifying as LGBTQIA+ WEN Women Employees network Christiana Care Employee Resource Group Mentor Seton Youth Shelter – Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Marie_Pinkney
I was motivated to run because I am a part of this community and therefore invested in its prosperity. As a social worker I’ve experienced the frustrations of trying to negative our lives within the broken systems that exist within this state. I’ve seen how families are broken by gun violence and then tossed aside by insurance companies. I have been motivated to run to represent the 13th district because I cannot stand idly by while industries like Croda who have already harmed us seek opportunities to expand before making restitution to us for the harm they’ve already done. I have every intention to fight for equity and fairness because they are basic principles that residents of this district and state deserve. As someone who has stood alongside families of this district and state during some of their most difficult experiences I have a unique understanding of what is at stake if we do not produce equity and anti-racist policy that is intentionally aimed at it. I will do exactly that
Yes! I believe that democracy must be protected. We must absolutely ensure that elections are easily accessed for all Delawareans. If we move toward a transparent people-centered approach across all levels of governance we create meaningful solutions. Further, we protect democracy through the removal of systematic and intentional efforts of voter suppression. People-centered is actualized through intentional redistricting that keeps community needs first. There is no justice in dividing people like chess pieces on a board. Redistricting and election coordination must be done with voter engagement as a core principle. We can encourage voter engagement through policy that creates same day voter registration for all elections.
The 13th district - like so many in Delaware- is extremely gerrymandered. Districts throughout this state have been divided with the intention of winning elections. And furthermore, with the intention of hoarding power. Now that we are able to call a spade a spade it’s time to fix the problem. Delaware will benefit tremendously from an Independent Redistricting Commission that will administer fair and balanced redistricting throughout our state. It is time that we divide our districts in a way that keeps the community first. We deserve redistricting that promotes health and wellness through access to nutritious food, well resourced schools and clean and water. We must shift redistricting efforts away from its current focus of elections and towards the equitable representation of community and community needs.
Our campaign is committed to the development of equitable systems throughout the state of Delaware. There are so many systems throughout this state that are failing all of us. The current law enforcement system is one of them. Since it’s announcement our campaign has been calling for community policing. Community policing includes the voices and strengths of each community to keep it safe. It encourages improved relationships with law enforcement personnel through the exchange of trust and resource sharing. Once elected I will look to draft policy that focuses on efforts such as community oversight and review boards. These boards elevate voices from the community to an equitable platform of law enforcement personnel. When established effectively Community oversight and review boards will allow for effective decision making and action to occur between residents and law enforcement.
Thank you for asking this question! We are intentionally and overtly running an antiracist campaign. We understand that the only way to eliminate racial inequality is through the dismantling of racist and inequitable systems that do exist within our state. I believe that when we create policy we have to keep in mind that we are addressing complex issues. Some of these have been intentionally created to maintain systems of classism and segregation. I believe that when we create policy it should be done with desire to elevate marginalized communities to an equitable platform. This can be actualized through efforts such as the dismantling of Delaware’s current educational funding system. Our current system provides little to no support for low income students, students learning English as a second language or students with disabilities.
We are strongly committed to environmental justice and providing Delawarean’s with clean air and water. Admittedly, my background isn't grounded in renewable energy, but our campaign is committed to working alongside experts in all areas. We understand the importance of moving the needle on the use of renewable energy. Current state mandates aim for a goal of 25% of energy portfolios coming from renewable sources by 2025. Our campaign believes that that these moderate steps are not enough. We would like to see these goals increased drastically. Over 10 states are currently aiming for 50% renewable energy use. As the first state and one with unique climate issues we believe Delaware should be leading the way in terms of innovation for energy use. The term progressive is important in its understanding that we must act urgently and with an intention of forward motion. Our campaign will look to continue to grow and expand efforts that will provide Delawareans with environmental justice.
We’ve spoken with several residents who feel that the FOIA is not working well. We’ve been told that it’s difficult to know how to access information that we have a right to. Current state and local agency websites are confusing and difficult to maneuver. We often forget that governmental and public agencies are powered by the people. Therefore, the people have a right to access information that empowers us to hold them accountable. If I elected I would suggest changes that make access to information easier and more user friendly. I would suggest increased resident input in the improvement of these system. I would also suggest that the FOIA include a right to speak for the public. We’ve spoken personally to residents who are extremely passionate about issues but have been silenced at public meetings. A public meeting was held to discuss the expansion of Croda just a few weeks ago. Yet, no public comment was allowed. This is unacceptable. We will seek to increase public knowledge and v