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Delaware State Senate District 21

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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    Chris Dalton

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    Bryant L. Richardson

Biographical Information

What are the most important challenges facing our state, and how do you propose to address them?

What state greenhouse gas emission reduction goals do you support and how do you propose to achieve them? Would your proposals include an offshore wind project for Delaware?

What is your position on the right of privacy of an individual to make reproductive choices?

What, if any, steps should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?

What, if anything, should our state do over the long term to ensure quality healthcare at an affordable cost for all?

Campaign Phone 3027271987
Education Masters of Business Administration in Marketing Management
Work Experience Store manager for LL Flooring for the past 4 years.
Campaign Twitter Handle @@daltonforsenate
I believe the most important challenges our state faces are infringements on individual liberties and an inability to stem crime in our communities. I believe the removal of laws prohibiting liberties is of the upmost importance and I believe that a review of the state criminal code should be conducted to reduce prison sentences, while increasing restitution and parole times.
I believe that the use of nuclear power and alternative power sources would create both jobs, as well as sustainable energy for the state and for the peninsula. I am not in favor of an offshore wind farm.
I believe that individuals should have the right to make their own reproductive choices, both for men and women. If a woman can choose to have or not have an abortion, a man should be entitled to relinquish his rights to a child he fathered.
I believe that more stringent prosecution of laws already on the books would curb gun violence instead of adding new laws. I am against the laws passed in the previous legislative session.
I believe that cutting red tape will enable doctors to give better care, at more affordable prices.
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Campaign Phone (302)629-7563
Neighborhood/area of residence 215 Elm Drive, Seaford, DE 19973
Education College courses and numerous seminars in business and journalism-related studies, but mostly self taught. I have a passion for learning about American history, especially the U.S. Constitution and related founding documents. I have spent the past six years learning all I can about the operation of the state government.
Work Experience Former owner with wife Carol of Morning Star Publications, Inc., publishers of the Seaford Star and Laurel Star community newspapers, the Morning Star Business Report, biannual magazines for area chambers of commerce, and a number of specialty publications. Morning Star Publications, Inc., was started in April 1996. The business was sold to the company’s publisher Mike McClure, who recently completed 20 years with the business. Bryant is former owner of Banner Publications, Inc. and former general manager of The Leader and State Register.
Community Involvement Past president of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, the Seaford Kiwanis Club, and the Western Sussex Citizens for Life. Former board member of Maranatha Manna and WOLC radio, the Delaware Tech Today and Tomorrow Conference Committee and a Seaford School District planning committee. Also served as Sunday School teacher and as an umpire for Nanticoke Little League.
Additional Information Small Business Administration Journalist of the Year for Delaware and Small Business Person of the Year for the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, multiple awards for writing and photography and editorial excellence. Bryant and wife Carol attend Crossroad Community Church. They have three children. Leanne is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in teaching. Paul is a graduate of Liberty University and Regent University. He is director of animation for Superbook. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He heads an IT department in a health-related field. Bryant and Carol have five grandchildren, Hannah, Hughie, Henry, Luke and Annie. They also are long-time supporters of a child in Ethiopia through Childfund and of Delmarva Teen Challenge and the Delaware Family Policy Council.
While serving in the Senate, I have:

 •Introduced and passed legislation to combat human trafficking

 •Introduced legislation to protect our precious unborn

•Authored a resolution to instruct our youth toward drug-free lifestyle choices

 •Fought for and obtained increased funding for the Home of Hope, an addiction rehabilitation center for women, the first of its kind in the Mid- Atlantic region. I believe what people want out of life is to be respected, to have an equal opportunity for success and to live in a safe environment. Government should do all in its power to not only provide equal opportunities, but to start in the schools showing our young people the benefits of making wise decisions.
People are paying more for energy already. We need to take into consideration the cost to families and individuals. I would like to put Delaware’s ability to influence what is taking place on the globe in perspective. There are 2,491 square miles of area, land and water, in Delaware. There are 3.8 million square miles of area, land and water, in the United States. Delaware represents .00065 percent of the area of the United States. Delaware represents .000001265 percent of the area of the planet. When deciding which greenhouse gas emission reduction goals to embrace, we have to keep this in mind. Our state should do it part to protect the environment, but not at the cost of the current economy. I am not in favor of offshore wind projects.
Earlier this year a bill was passed that said if a patient dies during an abortion, the abortionist could no longer be charged with manslaughter, even if the death is the result of “reckless conduct.”

Should not the state be more concerned about the safety of women than consequences facing an abortionist whose actions result in death?

Would not the risk of facing criminal charges help influence the abortionist to provide the safest of services? SCOTUS in 1976 said the decision to abort “is an important, and often a stressful one, and it is desirable and imperative that it be made with full knowledge of its nature and consequences. A right of privacy is not in conflict with giving women full knowledge of the consequences of her decision.
First, there is no such thing as gun violence. Guns, knives, hammers and tire irons can all be used for good or for evil. The question that needs to be answered is, “How can we reduce the threat of people becoming victims of violent actions from others?” Our laws must be on the side of those who want to use their rightfully-owned firearms for hunting or protection. I cannot see ever “infringing” on that right. How do you combat violence? First, we can write laws that encourage couples to stay together to assist each other in raising children. Schools can offer evidence-based life skills training curriculum to help young people avoid negative peer pressure.
Here are a few ideas. More could be done in our state to promote healthier lifestyles. Pass legislation allowing Delaware citizens and businesses to buy health insurance from our neighboring states. Initiate a change in regulation allowing the reciprocity of medical licenses from our neighboring states. Pass legislation to provide incentives to not-for-profit hospitals to hire and train primary care physicians through residency programs. Reform and cut regulatory barriers to access and use of Telehealth. Provide incentives for small businesses to provide health insurance coverage for their workers. Businesses should be encouraged to create Health Reimbursement Accounts with tax credit incentives.