On Tuesday, November 6 voters of Milford in the 33rd District will be deciding which man they want to serve as their State Representative during the 147th General Assembly. Small business owner Kevin Robbins (Democrat) is challenging the incumbent Harold “Jack” Peterman (Republican).
1. Why are you running for the 33rd Representative District?
As the incumbent State Representative, I want to continue serving the people of this district. A life-long resident of this area and a long-time farmer, I believe I have a deep connection to our community, a good understanding of the challenges we face, and a sincere desire to help the residents of the 33rd District overcome these challenges.
2. What personal or professional background will be critical to performing the duties of State Representative?
I have previously served this community as both a Kent County Levy Court Commissioner and Kent County Levy Court President. As the first-term incumbent state representative, I have proven capable of serving my constituents, living up to my promises, and effectively discharging the duties of this office.
3. Name a specific example of something the State House of Representatives has done to improve the quality of life for citizens in Delaware.
I successfully co-sponsored two tax cuts in my first term in office, House Bill 127 and House Bill 128, making reductions in the gross receipts tax and personal income tax.
4.Name a specific example of something you would like to change in your first term if you are elected to the 33rd Representative seat.
It’s what I don’t want to see changed that is at issue. In 2009, before I was elected, the governor and General Assembly enacted a tax hike package totaling more than $200 million. Some major elements of the package – including taxes on working families and businesses – are set to expire in 2013 and 2014. It appears that there will be a push in the 147th General Assembly to extend those hikes. If re-elected, I will oppose any measure that prolongs these tax increases. I also plan on re-introducing a bill I sponsored in my first term calling for the repeal of the so-called “Death Tax.” The death of a citizen should not be an excuse for the state to rob his rightful heirs.
5. What issues do you feel are important to the citizens of Milford, Delaware in particular?
I think employment is the top issue facing our community and most other communities in Delaware. According to federal statistics, Delaware has the 13th highest residential electricity rate in the nation, the 13th highest commercial rate and 7th highest residential average monthly bill. This isn’t the fault of the Co-op or Delmarva Power, but rather misguided state policies that are driving-up costs. Major employers in our area – like First State Manufacturing, Baltimore Air Coil, and Perdue – are major power consumers. Escalating rates are hurting their competitiveness and ability to create jobs. If re-elected, I will continue to pursue legislation aimed at re-crafting the state’s energy policies so that they make sense for both businesses and the environment.
6. How will you offer help to the City of Milford’s focus on economic development?
Land use has always been a local issue in Delaware and I think it should remain so. I will help the City of Milford in any way I can, providing as much or as little assistance as city officials wish.
7. If elected to office in November, how will you help small business owners in your district?
While some regulations are needed to protect the public welfare, our state government has often over-stepped its mandate and imposed pointless and cumbersome rules on small business operators. These regulations, which carry the weight of law but which get no legislative oversight, increase costs and seriously impair small businesses from creating new, quality jobs. At the prodding of myself and other members of the House Minority Caucus, the governor this year instituted some limited regulatory review. While it’s a good start, I believe we need mandatory periodic review of all regulations – as is done in other states.
8. Why should voters choose you over your opponent on Tuesday, November 6, 2012?
Without detracting from my opponent, I have more experience in elected office and have a proven track record of accomplishment, such as working to get the Delaware Veterans Home built in Milford. As previously mentioned, I have extensive experience as an elected-office holder. I have proven capable of serving my constituents, living up to my promises, and effectively serving the people of this community. I am humbled by their support and hope that they will continue to place their faith in me.