Rappa endorsed by ADA; advocates for land leasers in Briggs King debate

July 10, 2014
Paulette Rappa during her recent debate with Ruth Briggs King.  The two are vying for a seat in the House of Representatives representing the 37th District. BY SUBMITED

Paulette Rappa, candidate for the House of Representatives in Sussex County's 37th District, has received the endorsement of the Delaware Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action.  Based in Washington, D.C., the 65,000-member organization advocates for "progressive stances on civil rights and liberties and social and economic justice," among other issues.  "I'm looking forward to working with the ADA in this campaign," said Rappa, "because we are on the right side of the issues.  Their causes resonate with the middle class that I am fighting for."

Rappa brought that issue to the fore in her recent debate with incumbent Ruth Briggs King.

Citing her commitment to land-lease home owners, Rappa vowed to be a strong proponent for them in Dover.  Land-lease homeowners, she said,  “are entitled to deeded homes, not titled homes.”  Noting that she and her family live on a land-lease property, “I’m one of you,” she told the crowd at the Indian River Fire Hall.

Rappa cited her four issues in this campaign:  jobs, healthcare access for seniors, education and rights of  homeowners who lease their land.  Running as a Democrat, Rappa said she would be better able to serve the  people of the 37th District because Democrats have a super-majority in Dover.  “I can deliver 26 [caucus] votes,” the candidate noted, while her opponent, working with Republicans, would only be able to muster 13.  “You do the math,” she said.