Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gerald Brady for State Representative, 4th District

Gerald Brady is my City Councilman, a job he has held for ten years in a district that used to elect Republicans. Now he's running for State Representative, and offers one of the best opportunities for a Democratic pick-up in the General Assembly. So my disclosure that I'm helping Gerald get elected shouldn't come as a surprise.
Gerald (pictured here with Jack Markell) is an old school guy who does his homework, seems to know every family in the district he represents, and loves the nuts-and-bolts work of governing. For instance, he's chair of Council's Public Works Committee, and as such he has worked hard to improve the safety and reliability of our water supply. It's hardly glamorous but essential to a well-run city.
He sponsored the ordinance that created the Forty Acres Neighborhood Conservation District, the first of its kind in Delaware. He co-sponsored the ordinance that led to the removal of more than 100 billboards in Wilmington.
When zoning issues have come up, he's rolled up his sleeves, gotten people involved and never been afraid to take on developers. (In contrast, his opponent spoke of respecting "property rights" when asked about one recent zoning case.)
He also does constituent service as well as anyone I know, and can be counted on to remain close to those he represents.
Gerald wants to promote statewide recycling to reduce landfill accumulation. (Right now the city is conducting a pilot curbside recycling program in my neighborhood.) He wants the state to become a leader in promoting the development of renewable energy sources. He wants to continue to reduce water pollution through improved stormwater and sewer management. Tonight, City Council votes on an ordinance he's sponsoring to engage an engineering firm to further reduce the combined sewer overflow problem in Wilmington.
The State House of Representatives is run by the Republican caucus, which is run by Wayne Smith, the most doctrinaire conservative in the General Assembly. The only way to change that is to elect Democrats in districts previously held by Republicans. If we don't win here in the 4th, it won't happen.
Gerald is running an old-fashioned, retail campaign. I think he's knocked on just about every door in the district. He plans to win on Election Day using people power, with his friends and neighbors spreading the word and getting people to the polls. If you'd like to help, you can volunteer by calling his campaign at 655-1373. Tell 'em TommyWonk sent you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks again for the photos of Gerald and Jack! I just posted a favorite out of the set on Blog for Delaware, check it out!

3:55 PM, November 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy to live in Brady's district and I would help out but I'm too busy helping my friend, Richard Korn in Hockessin.

8:04 PM, November 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAMN, that Jack is everywhere!

I too support Brady for this seat.

9:06 AM, November 03, 2006  

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