Democrat for 22nd District Representative

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Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.

1.  What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?

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Education builds for our future and needs ongoing support in Dover.

 

- The quality of public education is not where we need it to be for our children to acquire the knowledge and study habits they require to succeed in the future.

 

- The arts need to be included along with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (turning STEM into STEAM).

 

- The funding formula used is decades old and does not account for the cost of serving students from impoverished backgrounds, those with special needs, and English language learners.

 

 Gun violence can be reduced while respecting constitutional rights and supporting responsible gun ownership through sensible, thoughtful policies. This is a multifaceted issue that needs to be addressed on various fronts.

 

- Continue improving mental health services.

 

- Improve security so that people feel safe and do not feel the need for personal firearms to defend themselves.

 

- Get weapons of war away from criminals and off our streets, while preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

 

- Consider hardening and fortifying soft targets such as schools.

 

- Have background checks on all sales and ensure that those who should not have guns are in fact unable to get guns.

 

- Support bipartisan advocacy work like that of the organization “Moms Demand Action.”

 

Our environment requires thoughtful, wise legislative support and responsible land development.

 

- Hockessin now has an EPA Superfund site. Sussex County locations also have problems with contaminated groundwater. Air pollution blown in from neighboring states contaminates Delaware. We need to preserve green spaces within urban and suburban locations.

 

Taxes should remain moderate by setting well-reasoned priorities when spending limited State funds.

 

- In 2016 the State of Delaware spent more than $10,000 per capita, ranking it #2 in the US, behind only Alaska. [See https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/per-capita-state-spending/.] We need to get more value for the money we spend. This will be achieved by improving the State budgeting and priority-setting process while increasing transparency and accountability.

 

- Healthcare costs are rising at an unsustainable rate. Action is needed to ensure quality of care while staying within a limited budget.

 

Delaware can no longer rely on big businesses to provide good jobs, but small businesses need practical solutions that foster innovation and reduce encumbrances to entrepreneurs.

 

- There is too much red tape and too little support for entrepreneurs. We can nurture new businesses by connecting them with organizations such as the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, YWCA entrepreneurship program, as well as programs supported by the Chamber of Commerce.

 

- We can also foster innovative new businesses spawned from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical and Community College and other institutions of higher learning in the State.

 

- Energy costs are high due to uneconomic arrangements (such as with Bloom Energy) that bring little value to the State.

 

 Our infrastructure needs upgrades and improvements to address issues of traffic safety, potholes, traffic lights and signage, and to attract and retain businesses in the state.

 The Equal Rights Amendment needs to be passed for a second time in order to take effect. This will help secure equal pay for equal job.    

 

2.  What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?

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Guillermina Gonzalez uniquely combines a successful career in business and a track record of leadership and results in nonprofit advocacy, including results obtained in Dover by working with State Legislators and the Executive Branch. A result of this advocacy work was that Delaware was 3rd highest in the nation in funding for the arts, which are often underappreciated in their contributions to education and economic development.

 

She is committed to public service through charitable organizations such as those detailed in Question 3 below. As a graduate of both the University of Delaware and Wilmington University and as a teacher of doctoral-level courses at Wilmington University in the College of Business, she has the analytical tools and alliance-building skills needed to address problems and develop practical solutions. She can understand the many sides of complex issues and build the coalitions needed to drive action.

 

Guillermina Gonzalez is an outstanding communicator. She has been published in The News Journal, Delaware Business Times, and PA Times. She has been featured on WHYY, Content Delaware, Comcast Newsmakers, Signature Brandywine, and Delaware Today Magazine among others. In addition, she has hosted weekly programs on commercial and public access radio: Delaware State of the Arts on WILM and WDOV (in collaboration with Delaware Division of the Arts), Latinisimo on WVUD and The Latin Beat on WDEL.

 

With her well-rounded background and experience, Guillermina Gonzalez is highly qualified to represent District 22 in Dover.

3.  What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?

Guillermina Gonzalez is deeply committed to volunteer work and community involvement. She has in the past served on the Boards of: Delaware College of Art and Design, Springfield College Advisory Board, Trustees of Color, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, People to People International, AARP Executive Council, Latin American Community Center, Rotary, Delaware Public Media (National Public Radio) Community Advisory Board, Next Generation of Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware State Arts Council, and Dover Art League. She led the State Arts Action Network of the national advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. She participated on the Hope Commission addressing racial issues, Governor Jack Markell’s Economy, Jobs and Education transition team, and Governor John Carney’s transition team.

Profession/employment: Adjunct Professor, Doctor of Business Administration, Wilmington University.

# of years employed: Corporate Business Executive: 1984-2007
Non-Profit Executive Director: 2007-2017
Associate or Adjunct Professor: 1987-1993, 2015-present

Education: Doctor of Business Administration, Wilmington University, January 2014.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, University of Delaware, May 2009.
Master in Business Administration, Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico City, 1992.
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (concentration Marketing), UIA, Mexico City, 1986.

Political experience: No experience in political office. Ten years of advocacy experience, including to the Joint Finance Committee in Dover’s Legislative Hall as well as to Delaware’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. Worked on the transition teams of Governors Markell and Carney. Served on the Boards of the many organizations detailed in Question 3. Grandfather and other relatives are/were politicians.

Education builds for our future and needs ongoing support in Dover.

- The quality of public education is not where we need it to be for our children to acquire the

knowledge and study habits they require to succeed in the future.

- The arts need to be included along with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (turning

STEM into STEAM).

- The funding formula used is decades old and does not account for the cost of serving students from

impoverished backgrounds, those with special needs, and English language learners.

 

Gun violence can be reduced while respecting constitutional rights and supporting responsible gun

ownership through sensible, thoughtful policies. This is a multifaceted issue that needs to be addressed

on various fronts.

- Continue improving mental health services.

- Improve security so that people feel safe and do not feel the need for personal firearms to defend

themselves.

- Get weapons of war away from criminals and off our streets, while preserving the Second

Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

- Consider hardening and fortifying soft targets such as schools.

- Have background checks on all sales and ensure that those who should not have guns are in fact

unable to get guns.

- Support bipartisan advocacy work like that of the organization “Moms Demand Action.”

Our environment requires thoughtful, wise legislative support and responsible land development.

- Hockessin now has an EPA Superfund site. Sussex County locations also have problems with

contaminated groundwater. Air pollution blown in from neighboring states contaminates Delaware.

We need to preserve green spaces within urban and suburban locations.

 

 Taxes should remain moderate by setting well-reasoned priorities when spending limited State funds.

- In 2016 the State of Delaware spent more than $10,000 per capita, ranking it #2 in the US, behind

only Alaska. [See https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/per-capita-state-spending/.] We need to

get more value for the money we spend. This will be achieved by improving the State budgeting and

priority-setting process while increasing transparency and accountability.

- Healthcare costs are rising at an unsustainable rate. Action is needed to ensure quality of care while

staying within a limited budget.

 Delaware can no longer rely on big businesses to provide good jobs, but small businesses need practical

solutions that foster innovation and reduce encumbrances to entrepreneurs.

- There is too much red tape and too little support for entrepreneurs. We can nurture new businesses

by connecting them with organizations such as the Small Business Administration, Small Business

Development Center, SCORE, YWCA entrepreneurship program, as well as programs supported by the

Chamber of Commerce.

- We can also foster innovative new businesses spawned from the University of Delaware, Delaware

State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical and Community College and other

institutions of higher learning in the State.

- Energy costs are high due to uneconomic arrangements (such as with Bloom Energy) that bring little

value to the State.

 

Our infrastructure needs upgrades and improvements to address issues of traffic safety, potholes, traffic

lights and signage, and to attract and retain businesses in the state.

 

The Equal Rights Amendment needs to be passed for a second time in order to take effect. This will help

secure equal pay for equal job.

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