The 19th Representative District has been represented by Speaker Bob Gilligan (D) who chose not to run for re-election this year. Therefore, in the Democratic primary on Sept. 11, real estate agent and Red Clay School Board Member Kim Williams will face off against Bill Dunn, a Research Technologist at DuPont.


The 19th Representative District has been represented by Speaker Bob Gilligan (D) who chose not to run for re-election this year. Therefore, in the Democratic primary on Sept. 11, real estate agent and Red Clay School Board Member Kim Williams will face off against Bill Dunn, a Research Technologist at DuPont.

Below, the two Democratic candidates answer the same three questions for CommunityPub, helping you decide who you will cast your vote for on Sept. 11.

The winner of the primary will face off against GOP candidate Dennis C. Cini in the general election.

KIM WILLIAMS

Q What do you think are the key issues for people in your district?

A The key issues to people in the 19th District are the same keys issues that impact people throughout our state and our country, number one being jobs. My father worked as an electrician through Local Union 313 for over 30 years and my husband worked for General Motors for 29 years up to the day they closed. With the closing of some of Delaware's largest employers, the ripple effect that it has on many businesses and families throughout the state is devastating. We need a new generation of job growth in Delaware. We need to work on developing entrepreneurs and new small businesses. Businesses started locally tend to invest back into the community by hiring locally and purchasing supplies locally.

Another key issue is education. In order to have the best schools for our kids, we need to concentrate our efforts locally and make sure we are letting our educators do their jobs. We tend to place too much emphasis on test scores, which do not adequately represent what a child knows. Empowering our local schools from the bottom up as opposed to the top down will allow us to engage students and families in ways that current education does not allow.       

Q What experience do you bring to the table? 

A Being a mother of two children who attend school in Red Clay was the starting point of my involvement in the public school system.  I began helping in the classroom at Forest Oak Elementary School and attended PTA meetings. I quickly learned what an important role parental support plays in the schools and how much of an impact it has on a school's success. I was elected PTA Treasurer, volunteered weekly for the HOST reading program; eventually I was elected PTA President serving four one-year terms. When my daughter entered Conrad Schools of Science I was elected Vice President of the PTO.  I have served on Conrad's Building Leadership Team for the last five years and on many committees throughout the years. In 2009, I was elected to the Red Clay School Board and serving this past year as vice president. I have served on the following board committees:  Board Policy, Communications, Drop-Out Prevention, and the Community Financial Committee.

With the closing of General Motors and my children entering into high school, I took the opportunity to return to the workforce, and I am currently working as a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. The positions I have held within Red Clay schools and my experience as a longtime education activist, clearly demonstrate my commitment to quality public schools. I carry with me 12 years of ongoing personal relationships with elected officials, educational professionals, teachers, parents, and students.

Q List a fun fact, something interesting about you that people may not know. 

A I was married in Key West, Florida at sunset overlooking the ocean 18 years ago.

For more information about Kim Williams, visit: www.facebook.com/KimWilliamsForStateRepresentative,

http://kimwilliamsforstaterep.weebly.com/.

BILL DUNN

Q What do you think are the key issues for people in your district?

A The issue that tops every politician’s list is jobs and getting this economy going in any way possible. I truly will be giving the issue(s) adequate attention and do what I can to support the State’s effort to stimulate jobs and the economy, when done in a responsible manner.

Issues that always are concerning to me are: public education and supporting improvement efforts in today’s system; improving transportation system and eliminating gridlock and finally, addressing environmental issues that exist up and down the State.

Q What experience do you bring to the table? 

A I have a broad array of community-impacting experiences in which I have participated, to support the general community’s position. Those issues, many of which the Community News has reported on, run the gamut from education, back when I was actively involved in School Board and State PTA positions and issues, to development, transportation and environmental issues that all can have an impact on our quality of life.

Q List a fun fact, something interesting about you that people may not know. 

A On the rare opportunity I get a little free time away from family, home and community responsibilities, I try to catch a little NASCAR, play a little golf and rarely, find three other people to play really bad bridge.

For more information about Bill Dunn, visit: www.billdunn.us/index.html.