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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Can we make it happen?

Good ideas are wonderful, but you've got to be able to deliver.  That means experience, credentials, and the proven ability to get people working together.

Here's what I bring to the table:

20 years of military service--US Army/VaRNG Master Sergeant (Ret.)--field medic; infantry brigade evacuation NCOIC; State Medical Training Detachment NCOIC; military hospital administrator.

24 years (and counting) as Professor of History & Political Science at Delaware State University--Director of Social Studies Education; Director, Global Societies pilot program; member, President's Blue Ribbon Task Force; member, DSU Wilmington Task Force.

6 years at union president--DSU Chapter, American Association of University Professors; experience in grievances, personnel issues, collective bargaining, general labor law.

Parent Advocate for Special Needs Children in Delaware and Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.  I understand both the Americans for Disabilities Act [ADA] and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act [IDEA], and I've spent years in the trenches helping parents of special needs kids get the education they deserve.

Member, DE Division of Public Health Task Force on Non-Nurse Midwives--fighting for broader birth choices for Delaware women.  We almost got a bill re-legalizing Certified Professional Midwives through the last General Assembly; I'd love to be there to vote "YES" for it next time.

Co-Chair, DE Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks Commission--primary editor and co-author of the DE Social Studies Curriculum Standards, adopted in 1995 and not yet watered down by Common Core.

Parent Representative, Interagency Committee on Adoption--conducted Delaware's first survey of mental health resources available to adopted children and their families.

Consultant, US Office for Domestic Preparedness--in the aftermath of 9/11, I created and piloted the original course, "Introduction to Terrorism," taught to State Readiness Officers across the nation at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston AL.

Activist for Marriage Equality--before the Democrats were even willing to touch the issue, I led the Libertarian Party of Delaware to start collecting hundreds of signatures for Delaware Right to Marry.

Volunteer activities supporting Resurrection Parish, Western Family YMCA, Hockessin Soccer, Charter School of Wilmington sports.

Politics is the art of the possible; you've got to be able to convince people to sit down at the table and work with you.  I've done that, and with your help (first your vote, then your active support), I'll take those skills to Dover on your behalf.

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