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Delaware State House District 13

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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    John L Mitchell Jr **

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: submitted 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 540-0315
Age 66
Education DTCC Univ. Of Delaware
Work Experience 30 years in law enforcement 15 years College Campus Public Safety
Community Involvement Life Member Elsmere Fire Company St Thomas Catholic Church Supporter Crestmoor Swim Club
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I have served the public for the past 45 years and it continues to be my passion. I enjoy helping my constituents to resolve the issues that confront them and I hope I provide a better quality of life for them.
I would support continue use of vote by mail. We have many senior citizens in this state that vote and I believe this gives them the option to exercise their right to vote if they choose this method.
I believe in the past that leadership, legal and staff have provided re-districting that followed the guidelines to better represent the people of Delaware.
As a retired law enforcement officer there is a need to re-examine some of the concerns that have been raised. I believe the task force set up at the end of the 150th General Assembly will provide a format for discussion by all the stakeholders. I'm confident that recommendations will be made to the 151st General Assembly.
Training, education, community and police interaction. Delaware is a small state and there is no reason why we can't become the positive example for the nation.
We need to challenge each other and increase renewable energy standards. The percentage achieved must be increased to achieve in a reasonable time period.
I have not received any complaints from constituents nor has any group reached out to me to express a concern.