Democrat for Senator from the 2nd District
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
My top priorities if elected are: jobs and expansion of the port of Wilmington, living wage for workers, curbing abuses by predatory lenders, tackling the opioid crisis, good government and expanded registration and voting initiatives, guarantee a public workforce free of discrimination of any kind.
I will work jointly with members of the senate on these issues as well as members of the broader community.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
With a 32-year career serving the community and working to keep it safe, I believe the State Senate is a place where I can continue my commitment to helping and improving the community.
A little bit about me…
I was born in Georgia, I was raised in the City of Wilmington and I am a longtime resident of the State.
I received my formative years of education in the Public School System in Delaware. I attended Lore Elementary School, Mary C. I. Williams, Northeast, George Gray, Warner Middle School, P.S. DuPont High School, and finally Claymont High School where I obtain my High School Diploma.
My Post-secondary education I attended Criminal Justice courses at Del Tech Community College, Wilmington College, and the University of Virginia while a participant at the FBINA. I obtained my Bachelor & Master Degree from Springfield College Massachusetts, Wilmington Campus in the field of Human Services.
I live in the City of Wilmington most of my life; in the Hilltop area, West Center City, Riverside, Northeast, Northside, and I lived in the Newark area for several years. I currently live on north Washington Street in the City of Wilmington.
I have been in a leadership role since 1994 and have been able to build strong relationships of trust within the community and among officers of all ranks; I have served as a spokesperson and representative of the police department and the city as the Chief of Police.
I have fostered relationships with members of our community while partnering with members of the Department of Justice on the Local and Federal levels to leverage resources in order to collaboratively address “Crime” and the “Perceptions of Crime and Disorder” in the City of Wilmington.
I led our Police Department in a best practices effort with the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) as well as the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.
Under my leadership the Wilmington Police Department implemented a Real Time Crime Center implementing policies, strategies, systems and technologies to optimize the delivery of police services to our diverse community, in a fair and consistent manner.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
Currently I serve on the Advisory Board for Springfield College and The Board of the DE Chapter of NOBLE.
Previous Boards I have served on are as follows:Kingswood Community Center - member Salvation Army - member PALW - member Downtown Visions - member Riverfront Development Corporation - member Wilmington Police Citizen Advisory Board - Chair DE Special Olympics – Law Enforcement Chair Wilmington Police Pension Board - Chair FOP Lodge #1 Board – Financial Secretary FBINAA MDDE Chapter Board - President Criminal Justice Council - member Delaware Chiefs of Police Council - member Delaware Police Chief’s Foundation - member
Profession/employment: Retired Chief of Police – Wilmington Police Department
# of years employed: 32 years
Education: Claymont High School Diploma, Springfield College B.S. Human Services / Springfield College M.S. Human Services Organizational Management & Leadership, FBI National Academy 206 Session Command Leadership Training
Political experience: None