Smyrna resident Sean Barney has an extensive history of working in politics and he hopes this background will aide him in his campaign for Delaware State Treasurer.
A retired U.S. Marine, Barney was formerly a senior aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who Barney helped advise on budget and economic policy. More recently, Barney worked as the policy director for Gov. Jack Markell; Barney stepped down from this position at the end of 2013 to devote himself full-time to his recently announced campaign for state treasurer.
“A mentor of mine once told me that anything worth doing is worth doing fully and to the very best of one’s ability,” Barney said.
Barney recently took a few minutes to talk about his campaign and why he is running for state treasurer.
Q Why are you running for state treasurer?
A I believe the state treasurer can and should be a leader and a voice for Delawareans who seek a brighter economic future for themselves, their families and their communities. I believe that government has a vital role to play in promoting economic opportunity and fairness, but that government can only play that role successfully if the public has confidence in government’s management of the taxpayers’ money.
Q What made you want to go into politics?
A In high school, I helped create a community service alliance of high school students from inner city Newark, New Jersey and the surrounding suburbs called Everyday People. My focus shifted from community service to public service after I spent a summer in college working for the executive director of a community non-profit in Newark. My boss that summer told me that he was very proud of the career he had spent in community service and the organization he had built over the course of decades, but that the problems his organization had worked for so long to address would never be solved without a broader public conversation about expanding economic opportunity.
Q If you were to win, what would you hope to do as state treasurer?
A I am running, first, to restore the focus of the Treasurer’s Office on safeguarding the taxpayers’ money. Beyond that, I am running with the intention of partnering with nonprofit and community service organizations, business leaders, and policymakers to expand economic opportunity in Delaware, assist the financially stressed, and help rebuild Delaware’s middle class.
Q. Why do you think you're the right person to win this election?
A I learned important lessons of leadership in the Marine Corps. I learned the values of teamwork, humility and personal responsibility. Delawareans expect that sort of leadership from their elected officials. They expect them to work effectively with others, to focus on the job they were elected to do, and to be responsible in all that they do.