I’ve always believed in a stronger Wilmington.
Perhaps you’ve felt the same way.
I was born in this town 47 years ago, and I’ve lived here for more than half of my life. Back in 1994, I started my career at Out & About Magazine at our downtown office on the 800 block of Tatnall Street.
Even then, I felt that the components of a wonderful city could be seen scattered here and there, like great puzzle pieces waiting to be placed together.
Today we see a Wilmington that is more complete than it was some two and half decades ago. But it’s very much a tale of two cities.
On one hand, we have a robust Riverfront, a Market Street on the rise, and a new community police effort that is producing promising results.
On the other hand, in the 3rd district and in other similar communities, we see families making sacrifices just to make ends meet, school systems struggling to produce positive results, a weak environment for small businesses, and the ravages of an opioid epidemic that we have not begun to fully address. Thus, there are also reasons to be concerned.
For 24 years, through Out & About Magazine and various musical and philanthropic endeavors, I’ve been a relentless champion for Wilmington. This year, I’m taking my support to the next level: confronting the challenges facing our communities and helping to put more of those puzzle pieces together.
In the legislative halls of Dover, I will fight for the 3rd District and Wilmington – for our neighborhoods, for our schools, and our small businesses. As it’s been rightfully believed for ages, a stronger Wilmington leads to a stronger Delaware.
You deserve passion and commitment. I promise you both. On September 6th, vote for Jim Miller as your Representative of the 3rd District.
Together we can build a stronger Wilmington.
My team and I have knocked on more than 1,000 doors throughout the 3rd District, and we’ve had the same conversation in every neighborhood. The residents in the 3rd share the same concerns: the need for improved public safety, creating better opportunities for our young people, and addressing the drug epidemic that’s invaded every corner of our community. When elected, I will:
- Facilitate regular meetings between different neighborhoods and civic associations so that the 3rd can become more cohesively connected, which will bolster the health and well-being of the entire district. This is already working between neighborhoods like Tilton Park, Cool Spring, and Little Italy. Let’s expand that to encompass all our neighborhoods.
- Build on creative solutions and grassroots efforts like those of West Side Grows, a coalition of residents, businesses, churches, and community groups that come together to improve their communities. We can expand those types of models to help support and improve all our neighborhoods by building relationships between our people and our businesses, corporations and not-for-profit agencies.
- Create more effective ways to communicate the progress of ongoing initiatives to the constituents of District 3. Look at creating more dialogue through semi-annual town hall meetings.
The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic in Delaware shows no sign of slowing down. State agencies have taken positive steps, but the mushrooming crisis continues to overwhelm our families and communities. When elected, I will:
- Encourage DHSS and the University of Delaware to partner and conduct predictive analyses studies, which will help answer critical questions: Why do people become addicts? Are there certain demographics that are more vulnerable than others? Is there a genetic component involved? Are there other treatments that may be more effective for certain addicts than others? These answers are critical in identifying solutions that work specifically within our community as well as throughout Wilmington and the state.
- Address the connection between drug addiction and incarceration. Recidivism—when ex-offenders return to crime—is a problem. Let’s help rehabilitate former addicts by offering better treatment options for those desperately seeking sobriety. We must increase the number of beds available in our treatment facilities, and make them more evenly distributed throughout the state. We must cease the practice of isolating addicts in recovery, but rather build a system that embraces and encourages them by providing effective counseling, support services, and the job opportunities and training skills they need to thrive in recovery.
Our educational system is in need of reform on several levels. I’d like to raise the quality of our neighborhood schools, so they can be competitive with those in other states like Pennsylvania, by fighting to better fund schools facing social and economic challenges. When elected, I will:
- Advocate for more autonomy for teachers so they can teach according to their expertise, not for standardized testing. Our teachers are on the frontlines of our education system and we must allow them to work directly toward meeting the educational needs of their particular students through a curriculum that reflects individual abilities.
- Reallocate money to go directly to classrooms rather than to administrators. We need to make certain our educators have the resources on hand to provide supplies and materials that enhance and support their classrooms, rather than rely on our teachers to pay out of pocket for the necessary tools that lead to learning success.
- Work to redistrict neighborhood schools in order to give parents easier access and better opportunities to support their child’s educational experience. Local schools allow families more convenient ways to interact with teachers and can increase support for athletics, arts, and other extracurricular activities by being walkable destinations that don’t require extensive travel planning.