Here's the press release:
DSU Professor Steve Newton announces candidacy for 22nd District State Representative
Citing an atmosphere of “politics as usual rather than public service” afflicting the Delaware General Assembly, Dr. Steve Newton today announced his candidacy for 22nd District (Pike Creek) State Representative. “Over the past few years our legislature has spent tens of millions on corporate welfare and casino bail-outs, while cutting State funding for transporting homeless students to school,” Newton said. “The priorities are clearly wrong.”
Newton, a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University, believes he will bring critical public service experience to the General Assembly. “I’ve spent twenty years in the military, six years as a union president, and more than two decades working to improve public and higher education. I’ve served on task forces and commissions, and I’m tired of seeing that hard work watered down or ignored by State government.”
Fighting for a return to local control and pulling back from high-stakes testing in Delaware schools will be a priority, Newton explained. “We need to support students, parents, and teachers with resources, not new tests or punitive assessment models.” He also cited increased transparency and campaign spending reform as essential steps toward a better functioning government. “We’ve had an illegal charter school task force, secret Attorney General’s Office opinions, and a bipartisan atmosphere of ‘pay to play’ accepted as the status quo,” Newton asserted. “That’s got to change.”
Newton has lived in Limestone Hills in Pike Creek since 1997; his wife Faith is also a DSU Professor. They have three children and one grandchild. He is running as a Libertarian: “I won’t waste your money, I won’t try to run your private life, and I’ll be answering to voters, not party bosses.”We're assembling a campaign team, a presence on Facebook, and all the other usual trimmings, but the most critical ingredient to bringing some real change to Dover is . . . YOU.
Look right, and you'll find the opportunity to sign up for the campaign newsletter. That's where you'll find out about events and opportunities to volunteer.
There's also the ominous (we'll decorate it soon) Donation button. In 2012 the incumbent raised over $26K to win this seat--a good percentage of which came from PAC and special interest money that frankly I'm not courting. We're going to do this the grassroots way, with lots of shoe-leather and conversation, but it still costs money. We'll make the pennies bleed before we spend them, but whatever you can contribute at the outset will be critical to getting the ball rolling.