On Wednesday the 24th I went to Delcastle High School where the students posed a series of questions to astronauts on the International Space Station, in partnership with Radio Newark. On the 25th I drove to/from Bethany Beach to serve on a panel on healthcare policy at a meeting of advocates for those with disabilities and those with substance abuse disorder. On Saturday I attended a pancake fundraiser and afterwards attended a candidate forum in Newark. On Sunday the 28th we marched in Newark’s Halloween Parade and followed it with our fundraiser at Klondike Kate’s.
On Monday the 29th I served as Principal for the Day at Stubbs Elementary School in Wilmington. On the 30th I went to the Newark Senior Center for a tour and to enjoy their Halloween mid-day celebration. That evening I attended a public meeting at Newark city hall on student housing density and rezoning. On Wednesday the 31st I had a morning meeting at the Delaware State Housing Authority and afterwards led the HR24 manufactured housing task force meeting. On the 1st I met with a representative from the Delaware Center for Justice in the morning, and I met with Newark-based advocates for greater accessibility for voting to discuss past and upcoming voting legislation. On Saturday the 3rd I attended the NewBark Pawlooza with our dog, Alex.
On Sunday the 4th I attended the annual Diwali celebration at the Nur Temple. On Wednesday morning I hosted my monthly coffee at the Greene Turtle. That afternoon I participated in the Medicaid Buy-in Task Force at the Medical Society of Delaware, and that evening I drove to Dover for the caucus meeting at which we selected our three leaders, our offices, our parking spaces, and our desks on the House floor. On Thursday the 8th I drove to Georgetown for the annual Return Day event. That evening I attended a meeting of UD’s College Democrats. On Friday the 9th I attended an Army National Guard homecoming ceremony, and that evening I attended the annual STAR Tower Gala and Grand Opening event.
Emails—I had emails tied to discussions I had when door knocking, including alignment of the exit for Oaklands pool, and real estate tax exemption for non-profit swimming pools, a drainage issue in Nonantum Mills. I also had emails tied to concerns residents raised by phone or email, including speeding on Wedgewood Road, the delay in installing a four way stop at the intersection of Hopkins & Thompson Station Roads, about much higher tuition charged by UD for children of permanent Delaware residents (green card holders), about collaboration between the Food Bank and the City of Newark about leaf mulch usage, and about requiring community residents to pay towards the community’s cost of snow removal.
I have had emails about upcoming legislation, including on plastic straws, City of Newark charter change related to votes by LLCs and the city selling sewer services to homes outside city limits, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reform, about cybersecurity, about criminal record expungement, and about requiring librarians/media specialists in our public schools.
I have had emails about Christina School District, including issues surrounding the Memorandum of Understanding tied to Christina’s Wilmington schools.
I have had emails about the two active task forces I serve on—one on manufactured housing and one on Medicaid Expansion.
I have had emails finalizing the Community Transportation Fund (CTF) projects that Senator Sokola and I have funded in the 23rd district for 2019.