One Democrat State Representative in Delaware turned the cart upside down in the late days of June when she voted no on tax hike legislation. She also put forth legislation that mandates cursive be taught to Delaware students in their early elementary years. Andria Bennett definitely had an impact in 2017.
While many Dems were not happy about her no vote on the tax increases, many Republicans were cheering. It was a pivotal moment for the representative from the 32nd Representative District. Blasted by her peers on June 30th, Bennett faced criticism from many on the blue side of the aisle that evening. In tears, Bennett faced the press and explained her rationale for voting no. For the first time in forty years, the Delaware General Assembly had to stay past July 1st to pass the budget.
As well, Bennett brought forth the cursive bill. When State Rep. Deb Hudson did the same in the year before, it failed to go forward despite passing the House Education Committee. But the winds of change came when Bennett wrote the bill. Delaware Governor John Carney signed the bill on August 30th. While some may not see this as a big deal, I will remind readers that when I wrote about Carney signing the bill it became the second most read post of 2017 on this blog.
While members of her own party blasted her on social media, Bennett stood strong in her conviction with voting based on the will of her constituents. We need more of that in Dover and not just voting yes because the party wants it. It got very ugly for a while there with some vowing revenge on her in the upcoming election season. From her own party.