Profiles on Republican John Marino and Democrat Rebecca Walker. Incumbent Rep. Richard Cathcart is not seeking re-election.


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 9th DISTRICT

John Marino
Age 45
Party Republican
Occupation Small business owner and Realtor, retired New York City police officer, former deputy director for the Delaware Medical Examiners Office, former forensic evidence specialist for the Delaware Medical Examiners Office

Civic organizations President of Lea Eara Farms/ Summit Farms Maintenance Corporation, M.O.T. Little League manager and coach, M.O.T. Cavaliers Football League parent volunteer, assistant coach for Community Athletic Association, member and volunteer for Appoquinimink All Sports Boosters and volunteer at children’s hospitals
Political experience Worked as a volunteer on political campaigns
Years in 9th District 13

What makes you the best candidate for this office?
As a retired police officer and a current small business owner, I believe I have the necessary qualifications to serve in our state legislature. Being in law enforcement has provided me with the opportunity for public service experience, while running my own business has helped me understand the importance of a strong economy and why we need to do everything we can to get Delawareans working again.
As the representative of the 9th district, I will work hard to stop the out-of-control spending and budget growth at the state level. Last year, our taxes were raised by more than $200 million, and this year spending increased by just as much. That's unacceptable and we need to work better at putting tighter controls on taxpayers' hard-earned money. We must work to trim the fat and rein in spending. State government, like every other family in Delaware, should live within its means.
I am also proud to have the endorsement of retiring 9th district State Representative Dick Cathcart. I will work hard to continue his tradition of outstanding constituent services and accessibility to the people he has served with distinction.

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Rebecca Walker
Age 42
Party Democrat
Occupation Currently a nurse educator at Wesley College; maintains a nursing practice in the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department; serves as president of the Delaware Board of Nursing; a licensed attorney with a focus on healthcare litigation

Civic organizations Volunteer with the Appoquinimink River Shed Association, member of the Appoquinimink Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and the Kristy Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation Board of Directors, member of the American Cancer Society, member of the American Legion Auxiliary, member of the American Association of University Women, former fire service volunteer as a firefighter/EMT
Political experience Lifelong democrat, candidate for state representative in the 9th district
Years in 9th District 10

What makes you the best candidate for this office?
As a lifelong Delawarean, mother, nurse and attorney, I understand the struggles of families all over the state. Through 25 years of community service, I have dedicated myself to improving the lives of those around me, and as your state representative, I will continue that lifelong commitment by offering excellent constituent services and being a new, independent voice in the legislature.
I will work to eliminate inefficiencies and wasteful spending in our state government and pass those savings onto taxpayers, create high-tech jobs in our community and improve access to quality education and healthcare.
As president of the State Board of Nursing, I have already helped pass several bills to protect our children and citizens from risky healthcare providers. As your state representative, I’m prepared to start working on day one to restore fiscal responsibility in Dover and protect our neighborhoods. Key issues include cutting the state budget and passing savings onto taxpayers, creating new jobs with incentives for small business and agriculture, increasing access to healthcare by supporting the new community hospital, expanding the Delaware SEED College Program and job retraining programs and protecting our neighborhoods with smart growth initiatives and better infrastructure planning.