Business of unfinished business among Briggs King’s re-election incentives


GEORGETOWN – On Flag Day from the Old Sussex County Courthouse, Ruth Briggs King made it official.

The Georgetown native is seeking re-election to a fourth full term as the 37th District’s state representative in Delaware’s General Assembly.

A primary plank in her re-election platform is the business of unfinished business.

“We’re in the middle of a lot of things. There is work in progress and I want to finish that work for the people,” said Rep. Briggs King.

Ruth Briggis king

Ruth Briggs King

Public safety and education are high on the list.

“We’ve got a lot of safety concerns and we’ve worked on improving major intersections and widening certain sections of the road. We certainly don’t want to lose momentum. We want to carry those things through,” said Rep. Briggs King. “Education of course is a significant investment for taxpayers. I got the task force looking at funding last year. We are going to continue that work. It is those kinds of things, those efforts that are right there on the surface and you just want to get them across that finish line because it would be a big win for the district and for the state.”

The heroin epidemic continues to be a major issue.

“I have been addressing that for a year now, really trying to get a good grasp, and some programs for the heroin epidemic that is affecting everything and just about every family. It is an epidemic,” said Rep. Briggs King. “It has some initiatives going forward. We’ve got SUN Behavioral and I want to see of those things through.”

Rep. Briggs King pledges to continue to work toward supporting initiatives to highlight business, the economy and bring good jobs to downstate Delaware.

She said lawmakers are putting a lot of pressure on DNREC to improve some regulations.

She is also working state Sen. Gerald Hocker on a proposal to dredge the Indian River.

Rep. Briggs King said she is currently working to put together legislation for a task force for manufactured community owners and tenants “to sit down and really look at the current law for them to make recommendations. We’re sitting here trying to come up with things we think are good. I always think that going to the people that are most impacted is best.”

“The other thing is, I have built so many relationships,” Rep. Briggs King said. “It is those calls, when somebody calls and says ‘I need help with this. What can we do?’ It’s knowing who to go to through experience to get them the resources that they need and just being responsible and responsive to the people.”

Ms. Briggs King’s official filing and announcement puts in place a rematch with Democratic challenger Paulette Rappa. Ms. Briggs King defeated Ms. Rappa in the 2014 general election, garnering more than 65 percent of ballots cast by voters in the greater Georgetown/Millsboro area.

Rep. Briggs King won election to the legislature in a special election in September 2009.

Ms. Rappa of Millsboro filed in early April.

Candidate filing deadline is noon July 12.

The General Election is Nov. 8.

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