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In Final Face-Off, Delaware Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Jobs, Schools and Race

October 26, 2016

Delaware’s gubernatorial candidates, U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Delaware, and state Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, were in fierce agreement during most of a town hall discussion Tuesday at Delaware State University which covered issues affecting African-Americans.

More Delaware kids need easier access to preschool; the state needs to expand the Port of Wilmington with the help of private investors; and government workplaces need to be more intensely scrutinized for systemic discrimination, they said.

Those proposals would help the state’s African-Americans, in particular, they said, who account for 22 percent of Delawareans and live with higher than average unemployment.

“For many of us, Delaware is a great place to live, work and raise our kids,” said Carney. “But for too many of our neighbors, especially those in the African-American community, those opportunities are too few.”

“I’m very concerned about where we’re headed economically. I’m very concerned about our public schools,” said Bonini. “We’re going to focus on bringing prosperity back to Delaware … that solves those problems.”

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