Focus on Education: Children are Our Most Precious Resource, They Must Take Priority.

I am an educator that teaches Mathematics, Business, and Environmental Sustainability at the college level. 

Previously, I taught at the secondary level in areas like Kensington and South West Philly, as well as gifted classes at Princeton. This allowed me direct experience understanding the forces that impact children in education and how different and similar children can be in the classroom. 

Now, I teach adults. Some are right out of high school and some are coming back to school for the first time. Many come from poverty and some from incarceration. Still some are returning from honorable military duties. 

I know how education systems, budgeting, and programming work. I appreciate the history and know where the struggles are and what lead to “Choice” becoming a force of re-segregation in our schools.

We need more sciences, mathematics, and technology in the classroom. Our education system is built for factory workers but we need engineers. Children are our legacy and our future and they must be taught to think and function in the society of now and the future. We must teach children how to navigate society, to resolve differences, embrace diversity, question the status quo, and how to resist negative peer pressure.

I’m going to fight for the children to be happy and healthy and have a strong educational and social foundation, with the capability of being fulfilled adults with opportunity to learn a trade and/or go to college. 

Focus on Economics: Everyone Has Financial Responsibilities, We Must Help Start and Grow Businesses. This is How We Make Jobs and Bring New Ones.
I owned a real estate renovation business and a website design business, I know the value of skilled and dedicated employees. I consulted for and nurtured start-ups and growing businesses ready for expansion.

Delaware is good for corporations and off-shore entities, but needs to work on entrepreneurs and start-ups. People who start businesses, tend to keep them local and don’t outsource or relocate. They are invested in the community and their fellow citizens. The money they and their employees make tends to be spent locally, supporting other businesses, thus creating a stable local economy.

I know the entry barriers that exist and impediments to growth. Raising capital is important, but regulations, lack of support, lack of statistical data, and disorganized and outdated licensing are major factors in a business failing or succeeding and its ability to grow and invest in people. 

We need a centralized one-stop shop for setting up businesses quickly and inexpensively. We need to target growth sectors and cater to their needs. We must encourage mentorships and support networks. We must keep and provide good statistics and accurate research that can be open to individuals starting businesses. 

Businesses start where there is an educated workforce, safe streets, updated and modernized infrastructure, and an innovative environment.

I view start-ups as: dedicated people, doing what they love, on a shoestring budget. They knock on every door to share their love for what they do and they build relationships with dedicated followers to keep their spirits up and to spread the word.

Focus on Environmental Policy: Everyone Drinks Water and Everyone Breathes Air. We Must Protect Our Resources and Encourage Investment in Green Collar Jobs.

Having first hand experience with contaminated water and air, and spending months in the hospital as a result, I know the dire consequences of neglecting improvements in these areas. The health of Delaware families starts with a healthy environment. Dumping, leeching, burning, and passive approaches to waterways introduce contaminants into our streams and rivers and then into our rain; contamination can enter water and our food.

Having connections to Europe and Asia, I have seen the great strides in solar, wind, hydro, high efficiency homes, and food delivery systems that have been made with the help of investment and policy tools. I have seen what works and what doesn’t, and how we can grow green jobs in Delaware. Besides health reasons, focusing on sustainable resource management creates Green Collar jobs, which stay local, keeping the local economy strong. Focusing on production of local electricity we promote energy security, collaboration, growth in education, growth in research for new technology, and competition and innovation, which drives costs down.

Focus on Safety: We Must Be Tough, Smart, and Fair on Crime Through Prevention, Intervention, and Enforcement.

We constantly talk about safety; no matter what neighborhood we’re in, we all experience crime. The 80’s and 90’s era containment strategy has not worked. Punishment first/prevention later has not worked. This year we have experienced “Operation Pressure Point”, which just brought a sense of a police state and shifted crime between neighborhoods, which brought more lethal violence to previously quiet neighborhoods.

The problem of crime cannot be bandaged over and bad guys cannot be “run off”. The problem is lack of education, lack of economic opportunity, need for survival, and, at times, a lethal absence of hope. 

We build prisons when we should be buying school books and engaging with young people, and expecting them to rise, and showing them how. We should be teaching young people trades and respect for their talents, and nurturing responsible leadership. 

If a young person gets the first strike on his or her record, his or her prospects for being an engaged and productive member of society decrease dramatically. A record disqualifies you from most employment. If we have not prevented the first strike, we should be intervening with trades training and mentorships before they get strike two because from there, strike three, is almost a guarantee. Strike two removes all hope.

We tend to add laws to the books more then we can actually enforce laws. I will work on identifying overzealous criminalization so that our law enforcement will be free to talk to our young people, to be a positive influence rather then a negative force.

Focus on Accountability: Committed to Real Ethical Reform and Accessible Government.

In the 21st century, there is no excuse for not having an open government; the technology is abundant and cheap. The record keeping should be in a searchable, electronic format, not behind a fortress of legal confusion. 

We need to earn back the public trust and bring back integrity to elected office. As elected Representatives, we serve the public and we must be accountable to the public. A legislator must be an advocate for public good, not for the lobbyists, special interests, or their own political ambitions. 

A Representative must lead by example, be open and honest with his or her constituents, and practice disclosure and accountability by allowing easy access to his or her voting records and campaign contributions.