It was with extreme sadness when I received a call this morning about the death of Meredith Chapman. While details are vague, there was a murder-suicide at her home in Bryn Mawr, PA yesterday. 17 hours ago she posted on Facebook about accepting a job at Villanova University. I endorsed Meredith when she was against State Senator David Sokola two years ago and she came within five percentage points in the November 2016 election.
Meredith was best known for her time as Director of Digital Communications at University of Delaware. She resigned to take the new position at Villanova as an Assistant Vice President.
Meredith was young and full of life. Had she won, I have no doubt she would have become a vibrant voice at Legislative Hall. Out with the old and in with the new. Sadly, Meredith’s voice will never be able to create new laws in our state. I can’t imagine how her husband is dealing with this as well as her friends and family. No one ever wants to receive that call.
Please keep them all in your prayers and thoughts today.
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:
We are a group of united voters and volunteers, from all walks of Delaware, that has the goal of pushing forward on a path to change our state and point it in the right direction. We are a group that is run on the basis of a well-founded democracy and listens to its members with full transparency from the top down. I would like to thank the people in this group, and ask anyone here to add members, at their discretion, to help grow our group and spread our message. There is no requirement to be a member, no party affiliation guidelines, and no exclusion based solely on the offered support to any one candidate in the past. (a current example: if you have supported Clinton, or Sanders, you are not to be judged solely on that decision, and should not be excluded from the groups proceedings) We all need to come together now more than ever to make sure that our government in Delaware represents the people of Delaware; there are far too many factions of similar groups all trying to do different things to achieve the same goal. We need to win elections to change Delaware to what we, in this group, collectively thinks it should be and to do that we need to work together. Not as Democrats, “Berniecrats”, Independents, or even Republicans, but as a united group of like-minded people who want to be involved with the candidates and local politics. We need to step up, step out, and get involved to change our local politics and make Delaware the state it can, and must become. Not through one-man activism with a megaphone (not discouraging this), but through organized political action and group founded strategies and being the feet on the ground to help make sure that the best people in our state make up our representation in Dover.
For over a year now, many people in Delaware have felt State Senator David Sokola has served for far too long in the Delaware Senate. Today, a Republican named Meredith Chapman publicly announced she is running for State Senate in District 8.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Chapman’s resume includes the following summary of her credentials:
Award-winning, nationally-recognized digital strategist, educator, communicator and former journalist, known as @MediaMeredith. Highly motivated and polished public relations manager with expertise in higher education, public affairs, government and politics, community outreach, crisis management, multimedia and strategy development as well as relationship cultivation. Innate leader with successful track record in management, organizational development, and strategy creation and execution. More than 10 years experience with and in the Delaware news scene with work on national and global levels. Proven skills in strategic communications, project management, program development, leadership and high-profile outreach and event management.
She is the current Director for Digital Communications at the University of Delaware. This could get very interesting. What do you think? Is it time for new blood in the 8th Senate District in Delaware? I will flat-out say I believe Senator Sokola has not used his position as Chair of the Senate Education Committee without bias towards certain agendas in Delaware. A fervent charter school and standardized testing supporter, Sokola has been a lightning rod of controversy for some time.