Profiles on Democrat incumbent Rep. Bill Carson and Republican challenger Karen Minner


William J. “Bill” Carson Jr.
Age 59
Party Democrat
Occupation Full-time legislator, retired from the Department of Transportation

Civic organizations Smyrna-Clayton Moose Lodge, Harmony No. 13 AF & AM, American Legion
Political experience State representative 2007-present
Years in 28th District Lifelong resident

What makes you the best candidate for this office?
As a lifelong resident of Delaware, I was taught at an early age to give back to the community. That commitment to community is not just some slogan; it’s a creed I live by. A member and past chief and president of Citizens Hose Company, Smyrna; a Smyrna-Clayton Little League coach and a Life Member Emeritus; veteran and member of American Legion Post No. 14; a member of DelVets Post No. 2; charter member of the Smyrna-Clayton Moose Lodge; past master of Harmony Lodge No. 13; and a board member of Mamie Warren Senior Center.
It was that commitment to community that led me to first run for office in 2007. In that short time, we have accomplished a lot. We opened the legislature to the public. We reduced the budget and size of government by 1,000 positions. We protected seniors—a growing population that needs our help as they move into their silver years—by maintaining the senior property tax credit and funding for senior centers.
I focus much of my efforts on constituent relations. You are the people who give me the honor of serving, and I am always accessible to you. I help residents, and it is the most rewarding experience I have ever had. I will continue to address the issues of our children, manufactured home residents, farmers and others in need. I truly enjoy helping to solve your problems, and I hope you give me the opportunity to continue to serve you.


Karen Minner
Age 42
Party Republican

Occupation Volunteer coordinator, Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill
Civic organizations Smyrna/Clayton Rotary Club, Smyrna High School Band Boosters
Political experience Past chair of the 28th District Republican Committee
Years in the 28th District 7 years

What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I am very concerned about the direction our State is headed. Our spending is out of control. Our state government needs to be smaller, we need better education for our children and we need to enact term limits for all legislators.
In my current position, I see so much waste of taxpayer dollars. We need to re-evaluate all aspects of government, consolidate and streamline.
Our tax dollars need to get to the classroom. As past president of the Smyrna Elementary PTO, we had to raise money each year to fund supplies for the classrooms. Our children deserve better.
The length of time that most of our legislators have been in office is ridiculous. I firmly believe in term limits. I believe that when people spend 30 years in the legislature, they lose sight of the real reason that they are there. We need new people with new ideas.
I will listen to the people, I will take their concerns to the legislature and work on their behalf, not for the party or lobbyists. I am ready to make the tough decisions to make our state first again.