25th House Dis­trict

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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.

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