Delaware United interviewed Meredith Chapman, the Republican candidate for the 8th Senate District in Delaware. Chapman is running against David Sokola, the incumbent Democrat Senator with 26 years under his belt at Legislative Hall. As any reader of this blog is aware, I think Sokola has long outlived his purposed in Dover. So I am endorsing Chapman the 8th District in the Senate. I’m not endorsing her just because she isn’t David Sokola. I’m endorsing her because she is a young and fresh face. We need new ideas. I believe Chapman will provide many new ideas that aren’t part of the “establishment” in Dover. I see the “newer” crowd in Dover as the future of the General Assembly. I have a lot of respect and admiration for House Dems Kim Williams, Sean Matthews, and Sean Lynn. As well, for House Republican Jeff Spiegelman and Senator Brian Pettyjohn. They aren’t afraid to mix things up just enough to tweak something one way or another. It doesn’t always succeed, and I don’t always agree with them, but I respect that trait in all of them. I believe Chapman can bring that to Legislative Hall as well.
We also need more balance in Dover. For far too long one side has been in control in Delaware, and that is not good for the state. I don’t agree with every single thing Republicans and Democrats believe in. But when one party is in absolute control for so long, it breeds corruption and an aura of invincibility which is not good for any state government. I would personally love to see other parties or Independents get into the House and Senate. That would really mix things up!
In watching these interviews with Meredith Chapman, I do want to hear more from her on Delaware education, especially on some key issues that are near and dear to me!
For many folks in New Castle County, Delaware United has been very busy this political season. They are a new group of political activists. The group originated as Bernie Sanders supporters who are united to carry many of the same messages Bernie had. They tend to lean towards the progressive side of things based on their endorsements for the primary. But many of the contests right now are Democrats. We will see how they stand on candidates for the General Election very soon. On their Facebook page, Delaware United describes themselves as: