Libertarian Hinds takes on Jaques in District 27 house race
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.