Campaign Trail 07/03/18

July 3, 2018
DSEA endorses Davies for state auditor
The Delaware State Education Association has endorsed Kathleen Davies for state auditor, citing her 25 years of experience in auditing.
Davies has 15 years of experience at the director/senior staff level, and seven years as second-in-command in the Delaware Auditor of Accounts office. 
“Kathleen Davies has the experience needed to get done the critical work of the state auditor’s office. With more than 25 years of auditing and accounting experience, Kathleen is the most qualified candidate with the skills needed to serve as a strong watchdog for Delaware’s taxpayers” said DSEA President Mike Matthews.  “DSEA members want an auditor who is going to hold state agencies and school districts accountable for taxpayer dollars. We enthusiastically recommend Kathleen for State Auditor and believe she’s the best choice for voters to make on Sept. 6.”
Conservation group endorses Carper
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will support sound environmental policies, has endorsed U.S. Sen. Tom Carper in Delaware's 2018 U.S. Senate race.
A fund leader said the group is supporting Carper because of his leadership to enact and protect life-saving environmental policies.
“As the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he works tirelessly to protect our air and water and has led the fight against Trump’s anti-environmental agenda and nominees, especially former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. 
Carper said he welcomes the group’s endorsement and pledged to fight against harmful environmental policies of this administration. 
“From clean air to clean water, I am fighting to make sure we enact and protect policies based on science – not opinion – and remove misguided leaders like Scott Pruitt from ruining the progress we’ve made toward a safer environment. Our work is only beginning, and we must continue to fight so we have a healthy environment for generations to come,” Carper said. 
Carper has also received endorsements in Delaware’s 2018 race for U.S. Senate from the Delaware Democratic Party, Delaware AFL-CIO, Delaware Laborers, Delaware State Education Association, Delaware Stonewall PAC, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and National Resources Defense Council Action Fund.
Colleen Davis announces candidacy for Treasurer

Dagsboro resident Colleen Davis is running as the Democratic candidate for state treasurer after filing for the seat June 22. Davis, 38, is a health care professional based in Dagsboro who has focused on sustainability, efficiency, and quality of care for health care providers and their patients – experience that would serve her well in the Treasurer’s Office.

“As a consultant for major hospital systems, I know what it takes to develop sustainability amid an ever-changing economic landscape. I’ve gained an understanding of the complexities of creating economic growth on a large scale, realizing efficiencies, improving quality of care, and increasing viability – all while never losing focus on meeting the needs of the public,” she said.

Davis says that ensuring the long-term financial health of the state, and advocating for the needs of its residents, are not mutually exclusive. As treasurer, Davis said, she would work closely with state financial entities like the Cash Management Policy Board, the Health Fund Task Force, GEAR, DEFAC, and others by leveraging her experience and skills as an entrepreneur. But she added that it’s also her job to sometimes challenge long-standing conventions and offer new perspectives.

“Innovation is a critical part of health care, and an ability to adapt is required in any field in order to consistently meet the complex needs of all stakeholders,” Davis said. “The numbers are important – and those who work with them do their jobs well – but I want to be the kind of treasurer who never loses sight of the fact that budgeting and financial planning is about more than just math, it’s about helping Delawareans succeed.”

Delaware Stonewall PAC supports McGuiness

The Delaware Stonewall PAC has officially endorsed Kathy McGuiness for state auditor. “The Stonewall PAC Board has long been familiar with Kathy McGuiness’ successful advocacy of LGBT protections in Rehoboth Beach long before those protections were enacted on the state level, as well as her work ethic juggling the responsibility of being an elected Rehoboth Beach commissioner while overseeing the Main Street Program and her many civic responsibilities. Stonewall is convinced Kathy has the ability to properly oversee the auditor’s office while advocating for the fair treatment of all in Delaware,” said Mitch Crane, Stonewall political vice president.

Wheatley kicks off campaign for 21st Senate seat

Laurel resident Bob Wheatley kicked off his campaign for the 21st Senate District June 1 with the support of former state Sen. Bob Venables. Wheatley, a Democrat, is a businessman who served 24 years on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission. “One thing I’ve learned is that we are tired of partisan finger-pointing and of politicians more interested in control than in serving the people that elected them,” Wheatley said.

Wheatley is calling for a change in the state Department of Education’s focus from test scores to success scores while pointing out the need to promote career paths more immediately available with certificate and degree training from DelTech as well as university studies. Wheatley lives near Laurel with his wife Becket. The 21st Senate seat is held by Sen. Bryant Richardson, R-Laurel, who is running for re-election.

Unions endorse McGuiness

The Delaware Laborers District Council and the Communications Workers of America Local 13101 have endorsed Kathy McGuiness for state auditor.

These are the latest endorsements by organized labor that McGuiness has earned. In early May, the Delaware State AFL-CIO and the Delaware Building Trades officially endorsed her campaign. Recently, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 173 (now Keystone Council Local 255), representing members in Delaware, also endorsed her. “I’m honored to receive this endorsement,” McGuiness said. “As Delaware’s auditor, I will work to ensure that Delaware families’ tax dollars are properly spent.”