Election 2020: 30th Representative District

Name: Shannon Morris

Party: Republican

Age: Did not answer

Family: Did not answer

Residence: Did not answer

Occupation: Did not answer

Name: Charles E. Groce II

Party: Democrat

Age: 60

Family: Wife, Linda

Residence: Felton

Occupation: Retired law enforcement

Why are you running for this seat?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: Having spent the majority of my adult life in service to both our country and state, I feel the next and most beneficial way to continue my life of service would be to serve in our state government. I believe everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and shouldn’t be silenced because of their age, gender or socioeconomic status. I would like to be the conduit through which their voice can be heard.

What do you see as the major issues for this district?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: A stagnant or lack of growth. The majority of the district is composed of long established family farms and small businesses. The district lacks any type of long-term sustainable industry. Future generations must either relocate or commute to workplaces offering salaries that provide for a comfortable living above the poverty line. We must look to bring futuristic companies to the district to spark future growth.

What is the biggest problem facing the state, and how would you solve it?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: There are two major problems that the state must address. The first is an increasing drug epidemic that has been cast in the shadows by the COVID-19 pandemic. The second is the infrastructure issue of outdated roadways that are being tasked to support a growing population as a result of people retiring to Delaware because of its affordability.

What would you like to see Delaware do differently regarding coronavirus?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: I feel we need to stay the current course and follow the recommendations of science to minimize the spread in our state until the danger has passed. That does not exclude opening up businesses in a safe and cautious manner.

How should our health care system change in response to coronavirus?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: We must assure that all citizens of our state have access to affordable and effective health care. Every citizen of the state must be cared for in the best possible way to minimize loss of life and unnecessary spread of this devastating virus.

What do you believe schools should do to educate students while keeping people safe from COVID-19?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: Delaware schools are diligently working to implement plans to provide the best instruction to Delaware students and are continually evaluating the situation while making necessary adjustments to assure the students are safe and receiving the required instruction. I believe the schools should continue on their courses of evaluation and adjustment as they are.

What should the state do to help both businesses and workers right now?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: The small mom and pop-type businesses affected by the limited operation restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus should be granted graduated tax breaks and rebates to offset lost revenues. Similar supplemental provisions should be granted to workers suffering lost wages due to the pandemic.

What do you think of the current level of state spending?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: State spending has been consistent with previous years’ spending with allowable adjustments for inflation. Due to the coronavirus, funds will need to be reallocated to aid employers and employees affected by the pandemic.

Would you support gun control measures?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: Gun ownership is a protected right of the citizens. There is one class of guns that I believe must be placed at a higher level of scrutiny and that is the assault-type weapons. As a former police officer, I believe that ownership of those type of weapons should be recorded in a database accessible “ONLY” to law enforcement. This is solely an officer safety issue with me. The reason being that officers responding to calls for assistance (i.e. domestic disputes or civil disturbances) should be able to be alerted that the potential for that type of resistance is present.

What changes are needed to policing and the criminal justice system?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: Our criminal justice system is broken. There is a serious disconnect between policing and the prosecution and sentencing of offenders. Police are doing their job, conducting investigations and making arrests. However, repeat offenders are being put back on the street to commit more crimes.

To further exasperate the problem, there is a bias element in the sentencing of offenders. This bias is clearly a socioeconomic bias that leads to protests of racial discrimination. Because of biased and ineffective prosecution and sentencing of offenders, police officers are burdened to work even harder to do their jobs.

This leads to increased frustrations and potentially the making of poor decisions. It also leads to increased hostilities by the citizens that feel they are being unjustly treated. The criminal justice system must be fixed to assure fair and equitable prosecutions and sentences of all offenders regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

What do you make of the state of race relations in the U.S. and particularly Delaware?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: As the country goes, so goes the state. AMERICA IS DIVIDED. We are no longer standing united. We are divided by political party, we are divided by race, we are divided by sexual orientation, we are divided by gender and we are divided by fundamental beliefs. We are to the point where lines are being drawn in the sand and anyone not standing on one side is looked upon as an enemy or adversary and not as a human being, seeing life from a different perspective.

Do you have any additional thoughts you wish to share?

SM: Did not answer.

CG: No matter how bad it may seem GOD is still on the throne. ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.