Republican for 35th District Representative
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
My top priorities are to bring Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency to Dover. We are on a collision course with our debt. Even with the $360 Million budget surplus this year, our legislators were unable to find the financial determination to avoid borrowing an additional $218Million. Every politician says that we need to reign in spending, but they did not have the backbone to do it – even when they had a surplus of $360 Million Dollars! Our interest expense on our debt will be higher than what we can borrow in the next 2 – 4 years. This can has been kicked to the end of the road, and we must make real changes in our borrowing or face dire consequences.
As a local School Board Member and the father of a High School teacher, Education is of the utmost importance to me. Moving decision-making authority to the local level is one way to help our front line teachers and staffs to improve the efficiency of education.
I am also an uncompromising supporter of the Second Amendment. We do not have a “gun” problem, we have a crime problem. Only law-abiding people obey the law, so more gun laws simply do not work.
Additionally, I will work strongly to support Senator Richardson and Representative Dukes’ efforts to protect the unborn.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
I have over 30 years of financial experience. I look at financial statements and tax returns as a part of my daily job. We need someone who understands the fiscal issues we will be facing in the coming years. If we do not make changes now, we will be facing a financial crisis within the next decade.
With 6 years of experience on a local school board, I have seen what works and what doesn’t. My wife and I have also raised three adult children. Our youngest is now a senior in college. We understand the sacrifice it takes for working families to raise children and send them off to college. Having this life experience helps me to look at legislation from all sides and see what the “unintended consequences” may be and how they would impact families.
Lastly, my work with thousands of clients from all walks of life over the last 30 years gives me a unique perspective on the diverse needs within my district.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I am a current School Board Member and past Treasurer of Delmarva Christian High School, I am a volunteer with Code Purple, Affiliate member of Sussex County Association of Realtors, and past board member of Nanticoke Little League and House of Hope.
Profession/employment: Mortgage banking & finance
# of years employed: 31
Education: Del Tech
Political experience: None