25th House District
message to my district.”
For his fifth term, Osienski hopes to continue his work improving the economy through job creation initiatives and workforce training. He also wants to focus on education by continuing to expand access to quality early education, focusing funding to provide for special needs students, and opening pathways to careers in the education field.
After living in the 24th district for over 30 years and serving in the house for eight, Osienski said he is as committed to its residents as he has always been.
“I think that the pendulum is starting to swing. We need to keep on it so it doesn’t stop,” he said. “The longer I ser ve, the better my ser vice to the constituents will be.”
State Rep. John Kowalko brushed off a challenge by Republican newcomer Bryan Rash to earn his seventh term in the state house.
Kowalko, a Democrat, defeated Rash 65 percent to 35 percent in the District 25 election.
District 25 encompasses the southern half of Newark, from Main Street down to just south of Old Baltimore Pike and from the state line west to South Chapel Street.
“I feel vindicated,” he said after receiving news of his victory.
Kowalko, a retired union machinist and community activist who lives on Kells Avenue, was first elected in 2006, defeating longtime incumbent Stephanie Ulbrich. The Democrat has developed a reputation of being unafraid to ruffle feathers, even in his own party.
He said he is proud of his district, noting the large turnout.
Kowalko thinks his district is the most engaged and aware, and he is grateful that he gets to serve these residents.
“The only special interest I’m committed to serving is the people,” Kowalko said previously. “People say, ‘You’re out there too far.’ Hell, I haven’t even gotten started.”
Kowalko said one of his priorities is improving government transparency by introducing legislation to reform the state’s LLC licensing procedures, and once again he plans to push for legislation to remove the University of Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act exemption.
“I’m willing to work as hard as I can,” he said Tuesday night.
He credits his involvement, and more importantly, his honesty for his victory in this election, saying that “if you can’t do something, tell them you can’t do it.”
He hopes to continue working on controlling the budget, infrastructure improvements and criminal justice and bail reform. To accomplish those priorities, Viola wants to work with stakeholders, have open conversations and reach across the aisle to get things done.
When asked how he felt throughout the day, Viola said that he is a bit of a “worry-wart,” but he trusts the people he represents.
Viola spent Tuesday campaigning outside Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and noted the steady turnout.
“At the end of the day, it’s about serving the community, responding to the community that you serve,” he said. “I will continue to respond to my constituents and do the best I can to meet their expectations.” have done some of that. But I need to do more work.”
Jaques, who served in the Delaware Air National Guard, began the Veterans Trust Fund, which aids veterans who need financial support.
He will prioritize 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 voluntar y school assessment, a fee developers pay school districts when they’re building a development.
Voters head into the polling place at Maclary Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.