DSU Professor announces run for DE house in D-22 against incumbent R-Joe Miro. #netDE #eduDE

Here’s the scoop!


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DSU Professor Steve Newton announces candidacy for 22nd District State Representative
For release Thursday, 16 January 2014:  call (302) 229-7197
Citing an atmosphere of “politics as usual rather than public service” afflicting the Delaware General Assembly, Dr. Steve Newton today announced his candidacy for 22nd District (Pike Creek) State Representative.  “Over the past few years our legislature has spent tens of millions on corporate welfare and casino bail-outs, while cutting State funding for transporting homeless students to school,” Newton said.  “The priorities are clearly wrong.”
Newton, a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University, believes he will bring critical public service experience to the General Assembly.  “I’ve spent twenty years in the military, six years as a union president, and more than two decades working to improve public and higher education.  I’ve served on task forces and commissions, and I’m tired of seeing that hard work watered down or ignored by State government.”
Fighting for a return to local control and pulling back from high-stakes testing in Delaware schools will be a priority, Newton explained.  “We need to support students, parents, and teachers with resources, not new tests or punitive assessment models.”  He also cited increased transparency and campaign spending reform as essential steps toward a better functioning government.  “We’ve had an illegal charter school task force, secret Attorney General’s Office opinions, and a bipartisan atmosphere of ‘pay to play’ accepted as the status quo,” Newton asserted.  “That’s got to change.”
Newton has lived in Limestone Hills in Pike Creek since 1997; his wife Faith is also a DSU Professor.  They have three children and one grandchild.  He is running as a Libertarian:  “I won’t waste your money, I won’t try to run your private life, and I’ll be answering to voters, not party bosses.”

Clearly the priorities of some of our most powerful elected are not in line with the will of the people. A freshman senator’s refrain keeps rolling around head, most maddeningly I must confess “No John, this  is what the people want because they keep electing those same Reps and Senators so stop complaining, make your case, and do something about it”  or something fairly close to that. He’s mostly right (that’s the part that maddens me so), but he’s also partly wrong (we DO have electeds that do NOT do right by the will of their voters.

That said, supporting Steve Newton is a perfect fix for all of the above:

  • He’s connected to his community

  • He’s an academician

  • He’s erudite

  • He’s a critical thinker

  • He’ll probably be wrong sometimes, but his motives are true

  • He’ll seek both sides, not one, on EVERY vote he makes

  • He’s made Delaware better while not in the GA

  • He’s keenly aware of the ineluctable facts that have built our state and its laws so he knows where attention is needed, and where it is not.

  • Said more simply: Steve Newton is the best choice for D-22 voters and he has my full support!