Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet the Candidates: Delaware Edition

On Tuesday September 28 after our Moving Forward Watch Party we will be Phone Banking for the Delaware Coordinated Campaign! President Obama will be speaking about the importance of youth and youth involvement in the November elections. We will join CDA and OFA groups around the country to watch the speech

So before our phone bank, here is a little more about the candidates:

Chris Coons is Delaware’s Democratic candidate for Senate and current New Castle County Executive. He is a graduate of Amherst College (just down route 9!) and earned his Masters in Ethics from Yale Divinity School while simultaneously earning his J.D. from Yale Law School. A native of Delaware, Mr. Coons lives in Wilmington with his wife and three young children. He has worked for W.L. Gore & Associates, in addition to numerous non-profits including the National Coalition for the Homeless, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, and the Investor Responsibility Research Center.

On the issues, Mr. Coons is for:

  • the Repeal of DADT,
  • pushing for more Americans to be able to attend college,
  • women’s reproductive rights.
You can learn more about Chris Coons as a candidate and his stance on issues by visiting his website

John Carney is the Democratic candidate for Delaware’s sole Congressional seat. Born and raised in Delaware, Mr. Carney served two terms as Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor and Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Politically, he helped Delaware earn a AAA bond rating as the Secretary of Finance, was Deputy Chief of Staff for then-Governor Tom Carper, and was a staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden. Mr. Carney has also served as the President and COO of the green-tech company Transformative Technologies. In addition to being on many boards including the YMCA, Special Olympics of Delaware, and The Delaware Cancer Consortium, he is still committed to his hometown roots by volunteering to coach basketball in the city of Wilmington. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Carney lives in Wilmington with his wife and two sons.

On the issues, Mr. Carney is for:
  • energy independence,
  • increasing green jobs,
  • increased funding and support for cancer research,
  • ensuring college is more affordable for students across the state and the nation.
To learn more about John Carney visit his website or find him on Facebook under John Carney.

In addition, both John Carney and Chris Coons are running against Tea Party Candidates.

Also, join us Tuesday from 6:30-9pm in the Dewey Common Room to watch President Obama’s speech for College students and phonebank for these two great candidates!