Q&A: 30th Representative District hopefuls take on the issues

Name: Charles E. Groce II

Party: Democratic

Office seeking: State representative 30th district

Age: 58

Occupation: Law enforcement

Family: Spouse, Linda; two daughters and six grandchildren

Elective experience: Second run for elected office

Name: Wm. Shannon Morris

Party: Republican

Office seeking: State representative 30th district

Age: 43

Occupation: Chief code enforcement officer, Kent County Levy Court

Family: Single

Elective experience: Have never sought public elected office before now

Why are you running for this office?

CG: I have spent the majority of my working life in serving this nation and the state of Delaware. Having a call to a near lifetime of public service, the next progression would be to serve in the state government.

SM: To take the conservative values of the people to Dover and to serve the constituents as the 30th district representative and have a positive impact on their lives.

What would be your top priority if elected?

CG: Getting necessary services to those most in need and assuring that the citizens of this state are best served in the manner they deserve.

SM: My top priority once elected is to be the conservative voice of my constituents and to have that voice heard. I will give my constituents the high level of response and accessibility they deserve.

If you could change one state policy or law, what would it be?

Charles Groce

CG: I would like to eliminate in its entirety school taxation upon our senior citizens. They have no children in the system and have paid their fair share over time.

SM: Change the administrative code that pertains to regulations for state agencies so the Legislature has more input with a level of accountability. Then elected officials could be held accountable for these regulations. Examples include Department of Education Regulation 225, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control stormwater regulations and Department of Transportation entrance rules.

What are your plans to boost economic development?

CG: Create tax and other incentives for small business to promote their growth, increasing employment opportunities and growing the economy.

SM: Fewer regulations on businesses and farmers to keep our businesses open and to attract new. We need to ensure that our cost of energy remains competitive with neighboring states and also need to improve roads and broadband to better serve business.

What, if anything, should be done to increase revenue for the state or cut spending?

CG: By increasing incorporation fees and assessments we can increase state revenues without further burdening the citizens of the state. We are one of the most attractive states in which to incorporate due to our low incorporation fees and assessments and still have room to increase the fees without losing that attractiveness.

William Shannon Morris

SM: We need ensure Delaware taxpayers are getting a bargain on their tax money that is being spent. Each department in the state could easily find savings within their budget.

Do you support the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?

CG: No. As a member of law enforcement, I have seen the very negative effects legalized marijuana has had on those states that have legalized marijuana.

SM: No.

What, if any, gun laws would you change?

CG: As far as gun laws go, my position is that of responsibility and accountability for gun owners. The right to gun ownership is clearly stated in the Second Amendment. However, it must be recognized by all concerned that we must diligently work towards ensuring the safety and well-being of all the citizens of this state and country.

SM: NONE. I oppose any new firearm legislation.

Would you vote for legislation reinstating the death penalty? Why or why not?

CG: Yes, it costs the citizens of this state an incredible amount of money to keep an individual incarcerated for excessive amounts of time. Individuals who commit senseless, gruesome or multiple life-taking murders who, as a result of such, could never be granted the right to be reintroduced back into and become a productive member of society only serve to be a financial burden to the state and its tax paying citizens. Furthermore, if the death penalty was on the table, such individuals may just think twice before they act.

SM: Yes.

Do changes need to be made to the state’s employee health care structure? Why or why not?

CG: Yes. There is always room to improve in the area of health care. There are still citizens who cannot afford their essential life-supporting medications due to loopholes in the health care plans. We must work to ensure that everyone has the ability to access quality health care and acquire necessary medications to assure their quality of life is best as can be.

SM: It is sufficient at this time. We need to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely yet make sure our state employees have good health care options.

What should be done to combat Delaware’s drug crisis?

CG: The first step in combating the drug crisis would be to empower law enforcement and bolster their efforts to eliminate the flow of illegal drugs into and throughout this state. The legalization of recreational marijuana only serves to exacerbate this very problem we are trying to combat. We cannot say that we have a problem with mood- and mind-altering drugs on one hand while fighting to legalize the use of such on the other. Not only is this type of action counterproductive to ending the crisis but it will add to the burden of law enforcement trying to combat it.

To solve the drug crisis we must attack the source. Arm law enforcement with the necessary resources to combat the supply source of illegal drugs and then go after the medical suppliers that are over prescribing addictive opioids adding to the problem.

SM: Stiff, mandatory sentencing on opioid drug dealers.

Is there anything else you think is pertinent?

CG: The backbone of America’s strength lies within the family unit. When families are strong and unified America is strong. We must be diligent to assure that every piece of legislation presented for consideration takes into account both its short and long term effects on the family. Legislation must serve to build and strengthen the family and not divide or tear it down. The key to a stronger and better Delaware is to FOCUS ON THE FAMILY.

SM: Upon talking with the people I have met within the 30th district, It is clear to me gun rights, the economy, job/business growth, education, school safety and public safety are the some of the top issues that need to be addressed.


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