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Delaware Governor

The Governor serves as the state’s chief executive officer. He or she is elected by popular vote at the general election to a term four years, not to exceed two terms. The individual must be at least 30 years old and have been a US citizen and resident for at least twelve years and a resident of Delaware for at least six of those years. The Governor’s main duties include the following:Serves as commander-in-chief of the state’s army, navy, and militia, except when these forces are called to service of the United States.Oversees the state executive leaders, policy review, and big picture budget management. Issues executive orders when a natural disaster strikes or other issue occurs that affects the safety and security of the state. Communicates with the U.S. President when a state emergency requires Federal assistance. Serves as the main spokesperson for the state, providing information to citizens and direction in the event of a crisis. Works with the legislature to ensure that the needs of the state are met through oversight hearings, new laws and the establishment of long-term goals and priorities. Appoints officers, as authorized by the state constitution and with the consent of a majority of members of the Senate; and fills vacancies that may happen during Senate recess.

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  • John C Carney Jr **
    (Dem)

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    Kathy S DeMatteis
    (I)

  • John J Machurek
    (L)

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    Julianne E Murray
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What motivated you to seek or continue in this office?

What are your qualifications for office, and what differentiates you from the other candidates?

If elected, what are your primary goals for the coming year?

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?

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 in Delaware, and specifically the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)?

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Last edit date: published 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 275-9348
Campaign email: Kathydematteis@aol.com
Website or social media link: http://Electkathydematteis.com
Age 50
Education Christiana High School Dawn School of Massage All about Nails and Skin Renewal of the Spirit. Ordained Minister Reiki Master
Work Experience 1997-2017 Private Practice Massage & Skin Care. Kmart 1996-1993 Wife/Mother 1989-Present 1983-1989 Baby sitting 1986-1988 Professional Home Health Care Agency
Community Involvement Organized And Raised close to $7k by hosting dinner for the first annual event for Family Promise of Northern New Castle County. Took in my home for over 25 years Battered woman and homeless Organized and Cooked a dinner for Leonardo Espinal when his leg was accidentally amputated at work. Donated my Massage services to Veterans and those in Nursing homes
Additional Information Published Author x 2 Cameo inside Documentary on Homelessness Filmed in Las Vegas
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Kathy_DeMatteis
I have always been in service to the people. I spent my career helping people with both physical and spiritual pain. I wrote a virtual plan to heal the World inside my books. I build a skin care line of products that not only reduces pain and inflammation of the muscles but detoxes the body. I tried to get my recipes introduced into pilot studies to help the people of Delaware but was dismissed by the Governor.

I then set my path and began doing the necessary internal work to run for Governor
I am compassionate and have a heart for the people. I have laid out a comprehensive plan for alternative healing and set my sights on elevating Delaware.

What makes me different from the other candidates is I laid out my plan in a story. I traveled the country all last year networking with businesses to encourage them to Manufacturer in Delaware. I have been working on this for three years so that once elected I would be ready to implement my plans on day one.
Prison Reform Economic Stimulus Reforming Education Reviving our farm land Restoring balance to the people
I think we should look at it. New Castle County behaves very differently from Kent & Sussex and I feel a good hard look at the issues the two other counties face is a good idea.
My plans are to increase the training to include positive coaching tools. Things like self enrichment, stress management and alternative therapies such as Plant based healing, meditation and Mind full management.
I Do. I strongly believe if we cultivate a culture of love that anything is possible.
Very much so. I believe in Hemp Technology and how we can use that for fuel. The wind mills off shore as well as turbines in the Indian River Inlet
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Last edit date: submitted 8/28/2020
Phone: (302) 841-9686
Campaign email: julie@murrayfordelaware.com
Website or social media link: http://murrayfordelaware.com
Age 50
Education B.S in Business Administration - 1992 University of Arizona JD - 2011 - Widener School of Law
Work Experience While earning her degree, Julianne interned as a staff training specialist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCI Tucson. Longing to return to be near her family, Julianne relocated back to the East Coast and began working as a paralegal for a law firm in Virginia. Upon relocating to DE in 2003, Julianne became the Administrator for a Georgetown law firm. In 2008, at the age of 38, Julianne went to law school. She worked at the law firm and attended school full time until her 3rd year when she became an extern for Justice Henry duPont Ridgely of the Delaware Supreme Court. In 2011, Julianne graduated, passed the Delaware Bar and was admitted to practice. In February 2012 she opened her own practice (Murray Law LLC in Georgetown) and hit the ground running. She built her practice from the ground up and over the course of the next 8 years has added two partners, and has helped thousands of Delawareans with legal issues
Community Involvement Member of Georgetown and Milford Chambers of Commerce Weekly radio show host taking legal questions from the community Advocate for veterans and veteran issues
Additional Information Married to Patrick Murray Avid baseball fan Dog lover
Ballotpedia Page (external resource) http://ballotpedia.org/Julianne_Murray
I was motivated to run when I saw the damage being done to Delaware by the Carney Administration and the Governor’s inability to understand the impact that his decisions were having on average citizens. Furthermore, I believer Governor Carney has acted unconstitutionally with his COVID-19 restrictions.

I believe that in 2020 we need a fresh approach to tackling the problems that face the state and that electing more career politicians to office isn’t the right approach. Delaware needs a governor who understands what it is like to run a business, meet payroll, and pay bills. The state needs a governor who is unafraid to make the hard decisions that come with the office. Delaware needs a governor who isn’t a politician and been in office most of their life. Delaware deserves better than what it has been getting.
I believe the fact that I have never held office before differentiates me from many candidates. I enter this office beholden to no special interests, just the people. I come from the private sector running a business. I will bring that approach to running the state when elected.

For too long, Delaware has had career politicians who just seem to trade out one office for another when their term expires. John Carney for example, went from lieutenant governor to a failed run for governor to congress then to the governorship. Politics in Delaware has become a game of trading spaces it seems. I believe we need to break that cycle. Elected office should be about serving the people and not making a career of moving from office to office. That is why never having held office before I believe not only sets me apart from my opponents but is a benefit.
My primary goals for 2021 are: 1. Getting Delaware’s economy fixed. I have offered a comprehensive Small Business Bill of Rights to help protect Delaware’s small businesses that have been so heavily hit with the state’s lockdown. Beyond that I would reduce taxes and needless regulations. We have to many that tie down our businesses and discourage businesses from relocating to Delaware. 2. Supporting law enforcement and public safety. I will work to defeat and moves to defund police or abolish police. We need to fully support our men and women in blue. 3. Education. I am for reopening our schools and providing our students with a quality education. We need to encourage creative thinking in our schools and gear our students to the challenges we face in a global economy.
Yes, I do. For too long the boundaries have been drawn by the Democratic power brokers all aimed at preserving the Democratic monolith on Delaware politics. The redistricting has deprived Delawareans of fair representation and competitive elections. We must do better.
I proudly stand with law enforcement. My husband, Patrick is a former law enforcement officer. The protests and riots we are seeing against law enforcement are a disgrace. As governor, I will oppose any attempt to defund or abolish law enforcement.

I believe our citizens have confidence in law enforcement and proudly support the blue. They know that the brave men and women who put the uniform on everyday are public servants in the truest form possible. Our citizens know that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe.

However, if an officer is acting outside of policy and procedure I believe that he or she should be disciplined and/or fired. If action is taken it will increase community confidence.
Our nation has made dramatic advances in racial relations. As with anything, nothing is perfect. We as a nation and station must strive to work together as one people. Injustice to one is truly as Martin Luther King said, injustice to all. I will oppose any discrimination in the state. I will work to create a more prosperous Delaware that will in turn help ease racial inequalities. Government cannot dictate or solve the issues on race relations. What can is creating a strong economy, advancing education and setting a tone in leadership that is colorblind.
I am against the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RSP). It is nothing but a tax and straight out of the Green New Deal. Such policies have devastating impacts on the economy.