Campaign notebook: Bonini — No refugees accepted from nations that sponsor terrorism

Delaware Vote logoDOVER — State Sen. Colin Bonini, a Republican candidate for governor, said last week if he is elected he will not accept refugees from nations that sponsor terrorism and will seek to discourage immigrants from entering Delaware illegally.

He said he will mandate all state agencies turn immigrants unlawfully in the state over to the federal government, withhold funding from municipalities that declare themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants and push for private funding to aid refugees in their home countries.

“Delawareans deserve to have a chief executive who will put the safety of citizens above political correctness,” he said in a statement. “These common-sense safeguards do not preclude helping those in need but simply ensures public safety comes first. As governor, I will ensure the safety of Delawareans is always first.”

Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said last year he would accept refugees fleeing Syria, a statement that drew praise from many Democrats and harsh criticism from Republicans.

Sen. Bonini, who represents the Dover area, is competing in a primary with Lacey Lafferty next month.

Hall-Long proposes raising teacher pay

NEWARK — Lieutenant governor candidate Bethany Hall-Long on Tuesday called for increasing teacher salaries, expanding early childhood education efforts and promoting technical training programs.

A Democratic state senator, she supports making Delaware teachers the highest-paid in the country. Her career initiative would encourage employers to work with schools to allow students to enter the workforce sooner and to gain more technical skills.

“Improving our schools is key to a stronger, healthier Delaware — but there is no silver bullet for the challenges we face,” Sen. Hall-Long, who represents the Middletown area, said in a statement. “Whether you’re in Wilmington or Farmington, education is an all-hands-on-deck community effort. If we’re serious about reform, then we need to engage and address the needs of multiple populations: students, teachers, parents, job-seekers and employers.

One of six Democrats seeking the office, she has been endorsed by the Delaware State Education Association.

Muslim group endorses Townsend, Hall-Long

NEWARK — The Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs announced Tuesday it is endorsing state Sens. Bryan Townsend for the U.S. House and Bethany Hall-Long for lieutenant governor. Both candidates are competing in crowded Democratic primaries.

The council said in a statement Sen. Townsend “is a rare leader who combines enormous energy, commitment to progressive and ethical values, openness to all regardless of race, religion or national origin and a burning desire for public service” and praised Sen. Hall-Long for leading “the fight to transform and expand addiction and mental health services in Delaware.”

The group also is supporting U.S. Rep. John Carney, a Democrat who does not have a primary, for governor.

Townsend says he’ll defend government benefits

DOVER — Congressional candidate and state Sen. Bryan Townsend on Wednesday unveiled a plan that he says would bolster Social Security and Medicaid and said he would oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security.

He proposed adjusting the cost-of-living formula for Social Security and eliminating the payroll cap. Currently, earnings above $118,500 are not taxed for Social Security purposes. He also called for allowing Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

The Democrat spoke at an event at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center, his third of four town halls throughout the state.

Signs burned

DOVER — Republican lieutenant governor candidate La Mar Gunn filed a report with the Dover Police Department Thursday about recent vandalism to some of his campaign signs.

Mr. Gunn said signs have been burned, smeared with feces and left at his doorstep covered in urine.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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