Democrat Barry will face off against Republican incumbent Mike Ramone

Last week, Democrat Stephanie Barry filed as a candidate for state representative for the  21st District.

Barry will face off against incumbent Mike Ramone, R-Middle Run Valley, in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Both Barry and Ramone are unopposed on their individual party ticket.

In a statement, Barry said she is proud to announce her candidacy on June 29, where she was joined by Delaware Democratic Party Chair Erik Raser-Schramm, New Castle County Democratic Party Chair David Woodside, and House Democratic Caucus Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst in Pike Creek.

“It is humbling to have their support, and I intend to spend every day earning the votes of my neighbors in the 21st District,” she said.

According to a press release, Barry has lived in Delaware for 23 years and is currently the Director of Operations and Programs at PAWS for People, a Delaware-based nonprofit focused on providing pet therapy to children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

A single mom who lives with her youngest son, Nicky, in Pike Creek, this marks the first time Barry has run for public office.

Raser-Schramm said that Barry has always put others first, through her work and volunteerism. 

“For too long, the 21st District has had representation in Dover that puts special interests above community concerns,” Raser-Schramm said. “Stephanie will make sure her constituents’ voices are heard.”

Barry said that she made her decision to run after realizing that the residents of the 21st District were not being fairly represented in the General Assembly.

“The 21st District is my home, and I know my neighbors deserve a state representative who shares their values,” Barry said. “I will go to Dover and fight for what residents here need: affordable health care, the preservation of open space, better access to mental health services and good neighborhood schools.

She also said she is excited to join the ranks of thousands of women across the country stepping up to run for office for the first time.

“The 21st District deserves a real choice in 2018, and this will be a grassroots campaign that will listen to the working people, young people, and retirees whose voices have not been heard by their current representation,” she said.