• Bike Delaware 2016 Voter’s Guide

    by  • October 18, 2016 • Cool People, Legislation and Policy • 3 Comments

    From Claymont in the north to Selbyville in the south, these 62 people are running for election on November 8 to represent us here in Delaware. How important are cycling and walking to these folks? 68% of them took the time to answer a short survey that we sent them. See their answers below in our Voter’s Guide.

    Who represents us in Dover is important because these people will be the ones who approve (or don’t!) the funding to build major trails like the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway and the Lewes-Georgetown Trail; who set the laws that govern the operations of state agencies like DelDOT and the Delaware State Police; and who decide what the Rules of the Road in Delaware should be.

    If you are not sure if any of the candidates in the Voter’s Guide are running to represent you in Dover, you can look up which Senate and House Districts  you live in here:

    FIND MY STATE SENATE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS


    Senate District 1 (Claymont, Bellefonte, Trolley Square)

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    Senator Harris McDowell (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (1st District)
    Party: Democrat • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I was prime Sponsor of this legislation.”
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActPrime Sponsor in Delaware State Senate
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote
    See also:
    Bikes+Transit bill advances on 17 to 3 vote by Delaware Senate

    Mr. James Spadola
    Candidate for State Senator (1st District)
    Party: Republican • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree


    Senate District 5 (Brandywine Hundred)

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    Senator Catherine Cloutier (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (5th District)
    Party: Republican • Facebook Page
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “Thanks for all you do to keep our families safe while they are bicycling, jogging and walking! I am proud to wear my bike lapel pin!”
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable DelawarePrime Sponsor in Delaware State Senate
    See also:
    Bikes+Transit bill advances on 17 to 3 vote by Delaware Senate

    Ms. Denise Bowers
    Candidate for State Senator (5th District)
    Party: Democrat • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree


    Senate District 7 (Elsmere, Prices Corner, Marshallton)

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    Senator Patricia Blevins (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (7th District)
    Party: Democrat • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor
    See also:
    Bikes+Transit bill advances on 17 to 3 vote by Delaware Senate

    Mr. Anthony Delcollo
    Candidate for State Senator (7th District)
    Party: Republican • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree


    Senate District 8 (Newark, North Star)

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    Senator David Sokola (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (8th District)
    Party: Democrat • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I also was a co-sponsor of this legislation, and support comprehensive and coordinated efforts to link existing bike and pedestrian friendly infrastructure together.”
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor
    See also:
    Bikes+Transit bill advances on 17 to 3 vote by Delaware Senate
    Record $20.7 million for cycling and walking approved by Delaware General Assembly in early morning vote
    Sokola Leads Delaware Cycling Delegation to Capitol Hill

    Ms. Meredith Chapman
    Candidate for State Senator (8th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply

    Mr. David Chandler
    Candidate for State Senator (8th District)
    Party: Green
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “Through the 1980s, bicycle was my principal mode of transportation.”


    Senate District 14 (Middletown-to-Smyrna)

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    Senator Bruce Ennis (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (14th District)
    Party: Democrat • Senate Caucus Web Page
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor
    See also:
    Bikes+Transit bill advances on 17 to 3 vote by Delaware Senate

    Mr. Carl Pace
    Candidate for State Senator (14th District)
    Party: Republican • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree


    Senate District 20 (Millsboro, Bethany Beach, Selbyville)

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    Senator Gerald Hocker (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Senator (20th District)
    Party: Republican • Web Site
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“No” vote
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor
    See also:
    Markell Opens Assawoman Canal Trail in Ocean View

    Mr. Perry Mitchell
    Candidate for State Senator (20th District)
    Party: Democrat • Article in Cape Gazette
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Survey Comment: “As an avid cyclist I try to get out often riding my bicycle.”


    House District 7 (Claymont and Arden)

    Representative Bryon Short (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (7th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote

    Mr. Robert Wilson
    Candidate for State Representative (7th District)
    Party: Libertarian
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree


    House District 9 (Delaware City-to-Smyrna)

    Representative Kevin Hensley (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (9th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Ms. Monique Johns
    Candidate for State Representative (9th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I support the healthy and transit-friendly development Act.  If there should be more walkable, bikes or transit-friendly communities more families would be healthier because that would encourage and motivate families to exercise more.”


    House District 10 (Western and Northern Brandywine Hundred)

    Representative Sean Matthews (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (10th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “As Delaware faces tough fiscal times, it is important that we continue to make targeted investments in walkable, bikeable and transit friendly communities. These are investments as they return more dollars to our State then their intial cost.”
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Ms. Judith Travis
    Candidate for State Representative (10th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 11 (Townsend-Kenton-Hartly)

    Representative Jeff Spiegelman (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (11th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Neither Agree or Disagree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Mr. David Nielson
    Candidate for State Representative (11th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree


    House District 14 (Rehoboth Beach)

    Representative Pete Schwartzkopf (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (14th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote
    See also:
    Longhurst and Colleagues Fought for Trail Network Funding

    Mr. James DeMartino
    Candidate for State Representative (14th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I agree with State and County coordinating planning and zoning to accommodate improved infrastructure and transit systems.  However, commercial enterprises must be included in the planning and implementation of improved transit. The government must not accept additional burdens on State revenue.  Commercial enterprises should manage and run these transit systems. We need non-governmental jobs that are created by competition so we can have efficient and cost effective transit for all citizens.”


    House District 19 (Stanton)

    Representative Kim Williams (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (19th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Mr. James Startzman
    Candidate for State Representative (19th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 20

    Representative Steve Smyk (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (20th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Ms. Barbara Vaughn
    Candidate for State Representative (20th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment:
    As one who often rides around Lewes on a tricycle, I definitely support transit friendly communities and as potential future member of the Legislature, I will be a strong proponent and defender of the Transit Friendly Development Act.”

    Mr. Donald Ayotte
    Candidate for State Representative (20th District)
    Party: IPOD
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment:
    “I like to bike myself and agree that Delaware can be made much more safety conscious.  I’ve been please to see more bike activity passing by my house.


    House District 21

    Representative Mike Ramone (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (21st District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act:Co-sponsor 
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware: Co-sponsor

    Mr. David McCorquodale
    Candidate for State Representative (21st District)
    Party: Green
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I believe people should be encouraged to physically move themselves as much as possible.  It would be good for individuals’ physical and mental well-being as well as good for the planet in reducing climate-changing emissions from vehicles.”


    House District 22

    Representative Joe Miro (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (22nd District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment:
    I voted yes on May 3, 2016 for SS2 for SB 130 [the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act].”
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor

    Ms. Lanette Edwards
    Candidate for State Representative (22nd District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree

    Mr. Bernard August
    Candidate for State Representative (22nd District)
    Party: Green
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 24

    Representative Ed Osienski (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (24th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment:
    “I was pleased to be the House prime sponsor of the Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act.
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActPrime Sponsor in Delaware House of Representatives
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor

    Mr. Tim Conrad
    Candidate for State Representative (24th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Agree


    House District 25

    Representative John Kowalko (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (25th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote

    Mr. Michael Nagorski
    Candidate for State Representative (14th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “To further and encourage adoption of walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly communities, I am also seeking a ban from smoking on our trails.”


    House District 29

    Representative Trey Paradee (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (29th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote

    Ms. Janice Gallagher
    Candidate for State Representative (29th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply

    Ms. Ruth James
    Candidate for State Representative (29th District)
    Party: Green
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 30

    Representative William Outten (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (30th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote
    Walkable Bikeable Delaware“Yes” vote

    Mr. Charles Groce
    Candidate for State Representative (30th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Neither Agree or Disagree • Neither Agree or Disagree


    House District 31

    Representative Sean Lynn (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (31st District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Ms. Jean Dowding
    Candidate for State Representative (31st District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I would support state and local governments partnering to encourage the development of walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly communities. As a Realtor, I have first-hand experience in working with developers who build communities that accommodate a diverse demographic populace that includes a variety of home styles from townhomes to single family homes that accommodate 55+ senior residents who are down-sizing and first-time homebuyers with a growing family in the same community. These emerging communities need the housing and access to transportation and recreation in the community where they live.”


    House District 32

    Representative Andria Bennett (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (32nd District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Ms. Patricia Foltz
    Candidate for State Representative (32nd District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 33

    Representative Charles Postles
    Candidate for State Representative (33rd District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply

    Ms. Karen Williams
    Candidate for State Representative (33rd District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


    House District 34

    Representative Lyndon Yearick (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (34th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“Yes” vote

    Mr. David Henderson
    Candidate for State Representative (34th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree


    House District 35

    Representative Dave Wilson (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (35th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act“No” vote
    Walkable Bikeable DelawarePrime Sponsor in Delaware House of Representatives

    Mr. Gary Wolfe
    Candidate for State Representative (35th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment: “I may not be the bike enthusiast, but I believe we need to work more on transit-friendly communities particularly in Sussex county.”


    House District 37

    Representative Ruth Briggs King (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (37th District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: Strongly Agree • Strongly Agree
    2016 Survey Comment:
    “I was a sponsor of the bill and worked through two years to have an acceptable bill.  My efforts and my votes have been consistent.  I ride the roads and walk on a daily basis.  We need other road improvements in many rural areas since we lack shoulders.  We will need to balance our wants and needs with the challenging revenue outlook in Delaware.
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development ActCo-sponsor
    Walkable Bikeable DelawareCo-sponsor

    Ms. Paulette Rappa
    Candidate for State Representative (37th District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: Agree • Agree


    House District 41

    Representative Rich Collins (Incumbent)
    Candidate for State Representative (41st District)
    Party: Republican
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply
    Legislative Record:
    Healthy and Transit-Friendly Development Act (“No” vote)

    Mr. Bradley Connor
    Candidate for State Representative(41st District)
    Party: Democrat
    2016 Survey Answers: No reply


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