Q& A: 33rd Representative District candidates discuss issues

Charles S. Postles Jr.

Name: Charles S. Postles Jr.

Party: Republican

Office seeking: State representative, 33rd district

Age: 69

Occupation: Farmer

Family: Wife, three kids, three grandkids, one great-grand daughter

Elective experience: Completing first term in office

Name: James Todd Webb

Party: Democrat

Office seeking: 33rd Representative District

Age: Did not answer

Occupation: Did not answer

Family: Did not answer

Elective experience: Did not answer

Why are you running for this office?
CP: I am just completing my first term in office. I have learned a lot about the needs of the 33rd district and the people in the district. I will continue to take these concerns to Dover to help solve problems.
JW: Did not answer.

What would be your top priority if elected?
CP: Strengthening families is key in solving many of the challenges we face. Strong families achieve higher education goals, are more economically stable and make better lifestyle choices.
JW: Did not answer.

If you could change one state policy or law, what would it be?
CP: There is an abundance of regulations established every month with minimal review by the public, those regulated or even legislators. These regulations often have the force of law. Such proliferation of regulations slows down progress in many areas. This needs to be streamlined.
JW: Did not answer.

What are your plans to boost economic development?
CP: Tax credit incentives would encourage investment in innovative initiatives. For example, House Bill 170 (the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act for Small Technology Companies), which I cosponsored, establishes a tax credit for qualified investors. Use of public-private partnerships to leverage private sector investment would encourage additional development.
JW: Did not answer.

What, if anything, should be done to increase revenue for the state or cut spending?
CP: The budget smoothing and cost containment plan would both stabilize revenue growth and control spending.
JW: Did not answer.

James Todd Webb

Do you support the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?
CP: I oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. Good science clearly indicates permanent brain damage can occur when used by young adults. Why would we allow marijuana use that would hurt our kids and grand kids? Impairment, however small, affects safety in driving, operating equipment and other aspects of job performance. The cost to employers for reduced production and increased liabilities associated with marijuana use is unacceptable.
JW: Did not answer.

What, if any, gun laws would you change?
CP: The present gun laws are adequate for safety. Stricter enforcement and punishment of gun use violations will reduce illegal use of guns and crime.
JW: Did not answer.

Would you vote for legislation reinstating the death penalty? Why or why not?
CP: I think reinstating the death penalty, done rarely and constitutionally with adequate safeguards, is a deterrent to heinous crimes. It is a tool our justice system should be able to utilize.
JW: Did not answer.

Do changes need to be made to the state’s employee health care structure? Why or why not?
CP: Health care costs are out of control for all segments of our population. Level of treatment and level of patient responsibility in managing costs are issues the whole health care industry needs to address.
JW: Did not answer.

What should be done to combat Delaware’s drug crisis?
CP: One idea is to use more non-opioid methods of treating pain. More use of physical therapy, chiropractic care, other alternative products and even pre-surgery conditioning (where applicable) may be possibilities. Greater control of production and legal use of opioids should help reduce illegal supplies.
JW: Did not answer.

Is there anything else you think is pertinent?
CP: Please exercise your right and responsibility to vote on Nov 6th.
JW: Did not answer.

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