OUR RIGHTS ARE TRULY BEING THREATENED!
Your Right to Vote
Your Right to Control Your Body
Your Right to Privacy
Conservatives on the U.S Supreme Court and state legislatures are on the verge of restricting rights that have been part of American life for decades.
VOTE LIKE YOUR RIGHTS DEPEND ON IT . . .
You must change your party affiliation to Democratic before May 27th to vote in the state primary on September 13th. And you must be registered by October 15th to vote in Delaware's 2022 general election.
Register to vote today at ivote.de.gov.
You are cordially invited to attend the Sussex Democratic Party Committee's annual Spring Fun-Raiser Dinner.
There are opportunities for advertising in the virtual brochure, for you and any like-minded organization to purchase a vendor table (new this year) and for outright sponsorships.
Details in the below electronic invitation.
Thanks so much for participating,
Leslie Ledogar and Darrynn Harris Spring Dinner Co-Chairs
ABOUT THIS EVENT
FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
US Representative Emeritus Tony Coelho (D-CA)
The 2022 mid-term elections are right around the corner! Join your fellow Democrats at their annual Spring fun-raiser to help support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in Sussex County and to keep the lights on at the G'town HQs.
The Main Events:
• Personally interact with your Federal, State and local electeds!!
• Be a vendor, sponsor or supporter!!
Date and time:
Sat, May 28, 2022 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cheer Community Center
20520 Sand Hill Road
Georgetown, DE 19947
Contact the organizer to request a refund.
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.
Several potential candidates for public office nurtured their civic duty ambitions by attending How to Run for Public Office, a workshop held Feb. 10 in Georgetown.
Strategic and tactical advice was provided by a panel of former campaigners addressing key aspects of running for office: preparation and advance planning, staying authentic, cultivating support personnel and finances, messaging, problems to avoid, and the personal ingredients needed for successful campaigning.
The program was conducted in a hybrid format with attendees present both in person and via Zoom. It was sponsored by Sussex County Democratic Party at its Sterling Avenue headquarters.
“This is part of our ongoing outreach effort to identify, encourage and enable good candidates for public office; to help folks who want to contribute to the well-being of their community,” said Jane Hovington, party chair.
Panelist Leslie Ledogar chairs the 14th Representative District Democratic Committee, which is anchored by Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, and currently supports Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, at the capitol. Ledogar described important styles and types of messaging to help candidates align their personal values with voter needs. She counseled taking the long view and soliciting enduring voter support.
Panelist Kerri Evelyn Harris, former candidate for U.S. Senate and current DNC National Committee member, is beginning her campaign for the 32nd Representative District. Her counsel to other candidates covered matching one’s promises to the scope of the office sought, keeping the campaign staff aligned with one’s personal mission vision, and using voter feedback productively.
Panelist Erik Raser-Schramm, a campaign worker in Delaware since 2004, has participated in runs for offices up and down the line: local, state and national. A past chair of the Delaware Democratic Party, he is currently deputy chief administrative officer for New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. Raser-Schramm contributed advice via Zoom on places to secure campaign support, how to advance plan around these targets, and ways to utilize help so it matches volunteer interests and capacities. He also counseled how to manage screening questionnaires from potential endorsing organizations.
The workshop included a spirited question-and-answer session as well as closing commentary on candidness as both a candidate and a subsequent public officeholder. In closing discussion, the need to maintain voter contact after the election also emerged as a vital aspect of politics in Delaware.
PHOTO: How to Run for Public Office candidate training in-person attendees shown are (l-r) Leslie Ledogar, 14th RD Democratic Committee chair; Jane Hovington, Sussex County Democratic Party chair; Kerri Evelyn Harris, National Democratic Committee member; and Michael Payam, Sussex County Democratic Committee vice chair.
I hope that you and yours are doing well. The New Year is well underway, and I want to reach out with a few important updates from our district and the legislature. As always, I am mindful of the pandemic’s impact on our state. To remain informed, please visit or call to for the most up to date information on the pandemic, testing sites, vaccine information, and more. https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/and https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/or the hotline 1-833-643-1715.
As soon as I receive updates that would be helpful to you, I push them out on my Facebook which you can follow here https://www.facebook.com/RepPeteSchwartzkopf
Please know I am here to help you in any way I can. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach my office by calling 302-744-4351. You can also reach my assistant, Eric Hastings, at email@example.com or 302-577-8481.
As you may have noticed, the beginning of the 151st General Assembly’s second leg began a lot like our last. Due to the significant rise in COVID cases and extremely contagious nature of the Omicron variant, we are taking several steps to limit exposure and mitigate the chances of spreading the virus. Ensuring the health and safety of legislators, staff and the public is a top priority. Additionally, the work of the General Assembly is critical, and we want to reduce the chances of an outbreak, which could potentially cripple the operations of this branch of government. That is why many of our operations were virtual and or with limited in-person staff.
The safety of our legislators, staff, and the public is my highest priority. Fortunately, we have phenomenal staff who put forth great effort to ensure our work has remained effective as ever, and that legislators can work on behalf of their districts with as little disruptions as possible despite the severe challenges the pandemic brings.
By the beginning of February, the General Assembly will adjourn for Joint Finance Committee Hearings. You can keep informed about all events at Legislative Hall here: legis.delaware.gov.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Delawareans have looked for ways to continue supporting their local restaurants while being mindful of covid-19 safety measures. In our district, there is no shortage of fantastic eateries, and understandably, many have leaned on creativity and support of the public to survive.
HB 290 is the final iteration of my bill that allows alcoholic beverages in transactions for take-out, curbside, or drive-through service and to use outdoor seating for serving of food and drinks so long as the licensee satisfies certain conditions. In previous sessions, there was an end-date to these allowances, now, the sunset provision is removed, and this may become a more permanent way of life.
Supported by stakeholders, legislators, and most importantly, the public, I’m hopeful this will be a win-win for all of us in the years to come. I have worked diligently alongside my co-sponsor Sen. Ernie Lopez to alleviate any concerns that remained, as evidenced by the amendments to the bill. and I want to thank everyone who emailed, called, and supported this measure in the past and now.
Online: Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and demand for surf fishing permits and annual passes, the quickest and safest way to purchase permits and passes is online at www.destateparks.com. Sales will start online 10 a.m. Feb. 1 for surf fishing permits and Feb. 15 for annual park passes.
At state parks: Permits and passes will be on sale at offices within Delaware State Parks starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1 for surf fishing permits and Feb. 15 for annual park passes. Those who choose to purchase annual passes or surf fishing permits at a park office should expect long wait times and must wear a mask inside the building. Park office locations are listed at www.destateparks.com/FindPark. (Please note: Permits and passes are not available at DNREC’s Dover office.)
I’m proud to sponsor upcoming legislation alongside Sen. Ernie Lopez that will prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s status as a living organ or tissue donor in the offering, issuance, cancellation, coverage, price, or other condition of an insurance policy, including a life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance policy.
Regarding protections for donors, Delaware lags behind our neighboring states, and we simply need to do more.
You can now order four at-home COVID tests delivered straight to your home, completely free of charge.
Frequent testing is key to putting this pandemic behind us. Take a moment and order your tests today at CovidTests.gov. A reminder that you are limited to one order (four tests) per residential address. https://www.covidtests.gov/
In addition, President Joe Biden's administration will ship roughly 400 million free N95 face masks nationwide starting in late January. Distribution centers will be identified, like pharmacies and community centers. The CDC recently updated their guidance to recommend N95 masks over all other types, as they are respirators, unlike cloth or surgical masks.
November 16, 2021
Nine months and five days ago, President Biden invited me to the Oval Office for a meeting. Together, we discussed the dire need to pass legislation that finally addressed our nation’s infrastructure needs.
After years of neglect, many of our roads, bridges, and water systems were not working for the American people. Our public works required a bold investment worthy of our twenty-first-century challenges. And as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I knew that our committee should lead the way in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to enact an expansive, historic vision for the future of our country.
By doing so, not only would we modernize our crumbling infrastructure but we would also create millions of good-paying jobs in communities of all shapes and sizes.
All these months later, we finally saw that hard work pay off. Yesterday afternoon, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
No matter where you live in Delaware, you and your loved ones will benefit from this bipartisan legislation and feel its impact for years to come.
Maybe you’ve been paying more and more lately for car repairs because the roads on your commute to work haven’t been fixed in years. Or perhaps you’re a farmer or small business owner who has struggled with slow internet speeds.
You could be one of the many households worried about lead and other contaminants coming out of your faucet. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle like I recently did, but would feel more comfortable with a few more electric chargers on the road.
This bipartisan infrastructure bill will bring concrete changes to every corner of the First State and improve life for a lot of families. And while we still have more to do to meet the needs of the American people and address the climate crisis, we’re on our way to creating a brighter future.
Here’s to that brighter (smoother) road ahead,
Senator Tom Carper