Q&A: 41st Representative District candidates answer questions

Name: Richard Collins

Party: Republican

Office seeking: State representative, District 41

Age: 69

Occupation: Small farmer, retired insurance agency owner, state representative

Family: Married, with three children and five grandchildren

Elective experience: Elected to the Delaware House in 2014

Name: S. Bradley Connor

Party: Democrat

Office seeking: District 41

Age: Did not answer

Occupation: Did not answer

Family: Did not answer

Elective experience: Did not answer

Why are you running for this office?

RC: I’d like to continue working for low taxes, fewer regulations and more individual freedom for the citizens of the 41st district and the state of Delaware.

BC: Did not answer.

What would be your top priority if elected?

Richard Collins

RC: Reforming poor choices in state government spending so that future tax increases are unnecessary. Higher taxes represent an assault on the lifestyle of the working people of our state.

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: I intend to introduce state legislation to reform drug education in our schools. Current law requires it, but it is not happening in an organized way. We are losing too many of our young people to opioid deaths.

BC: Did not answer.

What are your plans to boost economic development?

RC: Lower taxes and reduce regulations. Streamline the permitting process to eliminate unreasonable delays in issuing permits. Change the attitude of state regulatory agencies from “follow our rules or else” to “how can I help?”

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: Remove the many impediments to economic growth that has kept Delaware at the back of the pack of the 50 states for several years. This can be done with lower taxes and fewer regulations. If our economy is growing, we will automatically generate more revenue. In addition, social spending must be closely examined to make sure it is helping recipients rather than serving as a stumbling block to personal achievement.

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: No. The federal government has not legalized marijuana, which means anyone taking federally required drug tests will fail, destroying jobs and incomes. In addition, it is wrong to tell our young people that this mind-altering drug is okay while so many are dying from drug use.

BC: Did not answer.

What, if any, gun laws would you change?

RC: We have more than enough gun laws. Gun laws are ignored with impunity by criminals and then the state seldom even prosecutes for those gun crimes. More gun laws will bring about even more disrespect for the law by criminals, combined with possible prosecution and loss of jobs by honest people who make an innocent mistake.

The law change I would recommend would be reciprocity with other states in regards to concealed carry. Traffic laws were made uniform decades ago so that innocent drivers would not be punished for laws they couldn’t know about when crossing state lines. Gun owners should be given the same consideration.

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: I would vote yes and I did so the last time there was an opportunity. I believe the death penalty is a deterrent that should be available to deal with those who have proven they are the most dangerous and least civilized among us.

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: A careful analysis needs to be made each year to be sure the costs and benefits are a reasonable bargain for both citizens and state employees.

BC: Did not answer.

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

RC: The primary effort should be on prevention. It must start with drug education in every one of our schools. This is actually required by state law but is currently being ignored. We must also consider some way to reintroduce a moral component to education. This was a primary effort decades ago but has been sorely neglected since then. Rising drug use and increasing youth suicide is indicating we need to re-examine this issue closely.

BC: Did not answer.

Is there anything else you think is pertinent?

RC: Overall, I believe that government should be our servant and not our master. Unfortunately, I have encountered too many officials who think that only their opinion matters. America was founded as a place of limitless opportunity and success, and I will continue to work to see that it remains that way.

BC: Did not answer.


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