No one stood up for parents more than Delaware State Rep. John Kowalko in the 148th General Assembly. As the prime House sponsor on House Bill 50, the opt out bill, Rep. Kowalko fought for months to ensure that a parent’s fundamental rights to opt their child out of the state assessment was honored. Furthermore, it would have stopped schools or the state from punishing a child for having a parent opt them out. Ultimately, the bill overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate but Governor Markell vetoed the bill. An attempt to override the veto failed when the legislators came back in 2016.
John Kowalko is the rake at the gates of hell when it comes to standing up to Jack Markell on education. He is not afraid to go against the establishment when he knows in his heart those choices are not good for kids. He has always been about looking out for the little guy. He will not vote yes on the state budget if it means those with the highest needs will do without. I respect that immensely. Because of his stances and how he makes noise, he runs into opposition constantly in the General Assembly. We need more legislators who can be vocal and won’t bow down to leadership.
Kowalko’s opponent has failed to give me any reason to support him. If anything, he sounds a lot like John Kowalko but much less experienced. I have never subscribed to this Delaware Way theory of “getting along to go along.” I compare it to being a part of the race without realizing you are being dragged by the horse on the way to the finish line. We don’t need more of that in Dover. We need more like Kowalko! Some will call me crazy and believe that John Kowalko is unable to get along with his peers. I think it is the other way around. Too many are unwilling to get along with Kowalko because they know he is right and that if they allied themselves with him it wouldn’t be the best for their own personal agendas. The will of the people in Delaware should be the biggest priority of our General Assembly. But private interests and political power rule the day. Until we get more John Kowalkos in the General Assembly, we will continue to play this status quo game. And that is NOT good for Delaware.
At the end of the day, Kowalko is about doing what is right. Yes, he utilizes the press every chance he can to get his message out to the people. It is not self-serving. It is so enough people can hear what he is saying to help the people. I endorse John Kowalko for the 25th Rep. District in Newark. I urge citizens in this district to re-elect John Kowalko so we have another voice of reason in the Delaware 149th General Assembly.