Lib­er­tar­ian Hinds takes on Jaques in District 27 house race

Newark Post - - ELECTION PREVIEW - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­

Lib­er­tar­ian Bill Hinds is seek­ing to un­seat State Rep. Earl Jaques, a Demo­crat.

Both are vy­ing in the Nov. 6 elec­tion to rep­re­sent District 27, which en­com­passes an area south of Ne­wark, stretch­ing from Sun­set Lake Pre­serve to Lums Pond State Park.

Hinds said he de­cided to run when he saw that Jaques was run­ning unop­posed.

“That re­ally didn’t sit well with me be­cause he’s run unop­posed two or three other times,” he said.

Hinds comes from a back­ground of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, where he works to pro­tect the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try in Delaware. Through that role, he said, he re­al­ized “there’s a lot we can do to im­prove ef­fi­ciency in our state govern­ment for ap­plied tech­nol­ogy and get­ting bet­ter self-ser­vice mech­a­nisms in place for cit­i­zens,” he said.

Hinds be­lieves the opi­oid epidemic is his district’s big­gest is­sue.

“That af­fects ev­ery fam­ily that I know in one way or an­other,” he said. “That af­fects my own fam­ily, in­di­rectly.”

In ad­di­tion to the opi­oid cri­sis, Hinds said that school safety and trans­parency in govern­ment are im­por­tant is­sues.

“The Bloom En­ergy deal hurt us as cit­i­zens, and it’s go­ing to hurt us for many, many years,” he said. “The state has made other deals like that by ba­si­cally pay­ing busi­nesses to be here, and they’re not fol­low­ing up on their end of the bar­gain, and cit­i­zens aren’t in­volved at all in the process.”

Hinds said he would push for sun­set­ting bills and reg­u­la­tions that no longer serve cit­i­zens.

“If it’s a good law that helps peo­ple, it would be re­newed by who­ever the leg­is­la­tors are at that time down the road when it ex­pires,” he ex­plained. “And if it’s a bad law that doesn’t do what was in­tended to do or has bad un­in­tended con­se­quences, they just sim­ply wouldn’t vote to re­new it.”

Jaques, who was first elected in 2008, said he is run­ning again be­cause he still has things he wants to get done.

“I ran in the be­gin­ning to do some things in ed­u­ca­tion and health­care,” he said. “I have done some of that. But I need to do more work.”

He ex­plained that he re­cently served as chair­man on a task force on con­sol­i­dated school dis­tricts.

“Even though we didn’t rec­om­mend to con­sol­i­date school dis­tricts, for many rea­sons, there’s a lot of things that we did do. We did a lot of re­search, a lot of back­ground in­for­ma­tion,” he said. “So I want to do some leg­is­la­tion based on those things.”

Those items in­clude im­prov­ing school trans­porta­tion and in­creas­ing fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion, espe­cially for English-lan­guage learn­ing stu­dents, low-in­come stu­dents and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, he said. In ad­di­tion, he wants to con­sider how school dis­tricts could raise taxes with­out go­ing to ref­er­en­dum and wants to re­form the vol­un­tary school as­sess­ment, a fee de­vel­op­ers pay school dis­tricts when they’re build­ing a de­vel­op­ment.

Out­side of ed­u­ca­tion, Jaques said he wants to do more for vet­er­ans, like bring­ing a den­tal suite to the vet­er­ans home in Mil­ford.

Jaques, who served in the Delaware Air Na­tional Guard, be­gan the Vet­er­ans Trust Fund, which aids vet­er­ans who need fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“I en­joy help­ing peo­ple. It’s im­por­tant to me. Most re­ward­ing is to be able to help some­body to make their life bet­ter,” he said.



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