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Welcome to the Non-Partisan Delaware Website

Welcome to the Non-Partisan Delaware Website!

Non-Partisan Delaware is a ballot qualified political organization in Delaware. We are unique from many political organizations in that we do not have a fixed platform or policy goal. Our immediate short term goals are determined each election cycle by the NPD Governing Board through the development of an internal "Strategic Plan" and we focus on achieving those goals through public information activities, lobbying policymakers in coordination with our coalition partners, and supporting candidates for public office.

Our Strategic Plan for the 2023-2024 Election Cycle includes the following priorities:

  • Cannabis Legalization

    NPD is extremely proud that in our first year of operations, we were able to assist the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network and the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to pass HB1 and HB2, legalizing personal use quantities of cannabis and creating a legal retail market.

  • Ranked Choice Voting

    NPD is coordinating with Rank the Vote Delaware to promote the study and implementation of ranked choice voting in Delaware elections.

  • Abortion, Gender & Sexual Minority, and Gun Rights

    While these issues are rarely considered together and often find little common ground between the traditional "right" and "left", NPD views all of these issues through the perspective of individual privacy and the rights of individuals to live as they choose.

  • Education, Land Use, Environment, Broadband, Criminal Justice, Other

    This catch-all refers to areas we would like to work on as opportunities arise, but have not put together a more focused and cohesive approach.

On these issues and any others, Non-Partisan Delaware hopes to provide a perspective outside the common left-vs-right paradigm based on thoughtful and thorough analysis, open but skeptical towards new information, and unconstrained by ideological dogma.

Our Board members, after years of activism, have developed a healthy skepticism of coercive, majority-imposed policies over those based on mutual consent and individual dignity. However we recognize the need for pragmatism as we seek to find ways a new and small organization on the Delaware political scene can make a positive difference!

Keep scrolling for News and Updates, or follow the links on the side bar to the right (below the newsfeed on mobile) to connect to our social media communities and get involved. We hold monthly Meet Ups in all three counties and someone is usually active on our Discord Server in between.

Join us today!

About Us:

Non-Partisan Delaware Founded!

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Errors and Missteps

For those who have been following our website, waiting for updates, you have my personal apologies.

This post is being generated under my own name rather than under the NPD's profile as they are my own comments and do not represent the positions and policies of Non-Partisan Delaware.

Our first year was not as successful as it could have been, and I feel the need to take personal responsibility for many of those shortcomings.  NPD faced plenty of structural disadvantages and as a brand new organization we had limited means to begin with to combat them.  I do not wish to overstate my importance to our efforts or take credit for the successes of our candidates that occurred in spite of my failures rather that due solely to their own unique talents and dedication, but a better site here would've been helpful and because of me it didn't exist.

Overall, I'm thrilled with what we've achieved.  We went from an idiosyncrasy of Delaware voter registration law to 38,000 votes for 9 candidates in the space of 5 months, all with about 20 approved members.  That being said we could have done better, one of the main ways we could have done better was by maintaining and updating and completing this website better, and before I just start updating things having not done so for weeks like nothing was weird about that, I felt it owed to those who are following our website but not our Discord Server, Facebook Group, or other social media sites where we are more active, and may have been left out of the loop, this was on me.  I am the one with responsibility for the website and I did not update it or even really complete it in time for it to but used as effectively as it could have been in support of our candidates.

The Governing Board could've taken this responsibility away from me and given it to someone else, but there was no one else, so they were stuck with what I phoned in.

My bad.  We're going to do better next year.  There's going to be a lot of doing better next year.

Starting now.

Will McVay,
NPD Governing Board.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Where is “The Middle” of the Political Spectrum?

The Origins of Non-Partisan Delaware

Nine very different citizen candidates will be on the ballot this November.

Everyone will be able to vote for at least two, some will see three of their names in the voting booth on November 8th, and about 1,200 Delawareans in one overlapping Election District of Representative District 41 will have the opportunity to pull the lever for four of them.

They are the first wave of Non-Partisan Delaware.

This June, in a small Dover backyard, eating hot dogs while young children played and my Vizsla scavenged for what fell on the ground, a group of politically homeless centrists organized Non-Partisan Delaware as our States newest ballot-qualified political organization.

These former Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans held different views on specific issues, but all fell into that fuzzy Middle” or Moderate” realm, drawn together by the bitter taste of partisanship.

Is there really still a Middle” in American politics?

Professional politicians, the pundits, and your opinionated Uncle online dont think so.

Theyre wrong. On a wide array of issues, a majority of voters support common-sense policy positions that cross all party boundaries.

Abortion: 61% of Americans say that abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

Climate Change: 63% of Americans believe climate change is both real and a significant challenge to our world and nation; 65% believe the government is doing too little to combat it; larger majorities want carbon footprints reduced and increased automobile fuel efficiency.

Guns: 40% of American households contain firearms, but 44-52% think gun laws should be somewhat  stricter. There remain significant disagreements over balancing the rights of responsible gun owners against the threat of terrorists and criminals.

LGBTQIA+: Acceptance of LGBTQIA+ and marriage equality stands at an all-time high of 62%, and while views on transgendered individuals are more complex, a majority also believes that gender identity issues should be taught in our public schools.

Police Reform: 89% of Americans favor police reform in the wake of shootings of Black Americans, though that breakdown is complex, with reform favored by 72% among blacks, 54% among Hispanics, and only 44% among whites.

Public Education: 63% of Americans believe that public education is critical to making our nation, their communities, and the economy stronger, and 53% are ready to invest in fixing our schools; younger voters favor both school choice and teachers’ unions.

Taxation: 63% of Americans think billionaires should be paying more taxes. 55% of Americans, however, dont trust the Government to spend tax revenues efficiently, and 53% say that Government should prioritize spending on Social Security and health care.

Theres a consistent, if floating moderate consensus for reasonable changes and sound public policy management … if it can be expressed politically.

The problem -- both across America and in Delaware -- is that the opposing parties are often so busy being opposing parties that theyve forgotten that we want them to be Non-Partisan more than bipartisan.

Too often The Delaware Way” acts in the partiesinterests and not the public interest.

Example: Delaware has among the worst campaign finance laws in the nation, because -- when it comes to closed doors and smoke-filled rooms -- neither Ds nor Rs want the system made more transparent nor violators held accountable. They are particularly insistent that no third party should ever be granted the opportunity to break into their stranglehold on ballot access or funding.

Example: Delaware eviction rates are among the highest in the nation, and 20% of Delawares homeless have been evicted. Landlords or creditors bring attorneys to 86% of those court cases, but only 2% of the people facing eviction are represented. Once again, in 2022, the General Assembly failed to remedy this.

Example: Law enforcement reform, civilian police oversight, and qualified immunity reform, have all been stymied for years (in the state with the most extensive set of police protections from accountability in the nation) by the General Assemblys  informal, bipartisan law enforcement caucus.”

Example: In Delaware we elect -- not appoint based on merit or experience -- Insurance Commissioners, Sheriffs, Registers of Wills, and Recorders of Deeds in partisan elections. A more sensible approach would be hiring highly qualified candidates rather than aspiring politicians who sometimes campaign on having no experience for the job.

Example: Nobody in the General Assembly will touch health insurance reform, even though what theyve done since 2014 is turn over total control of the private health insurance market and much of Medicaid to one of the nations most predatory, unethical insurance companies. Why? Lets just say you could follow the money.

Example; The same process applies to  the slow destruction of Coastal Zone protections, the 97% of our rivers and streams that are heavily polluted,  and encroachments by developers on the Nanticoke River.

The Delaware Way” too often doesnt produce the outcomes favorable for average residents, and is literally ignoring the needs of our most vulnerable on so many levels, while failing miserably at representing The Middle.”

Final, HUGE Example: In 21 State Senate races, 12 incumbents of a major party are running unopposed by any candidate from their opposition. The same is true of the House of Representatives, where 22 of 41 incumbents are running unopposed by a candidate from the other major party. In other words, in a majority of Delawares legislative districts there is not even a functional two-party system anymore.

There are people willing to run, but the two parties have created a system of filing fees and fundraising requirements that are insurmountable barriers for most candidates who are not devoted party loyalists or financed by powerful special interests.

Non-Partisan Delaware believes the purpose of political parties is to OPEN access to motivated candidates, not restrict it.

Were being transparent about our process and flexible in defining moderate” or middle” because we think the value of contested elections outweighs party-imposed political correctness.

Its been less than three months since that backyard kick-off party in Dover, and those nine candidates are challenging not just their opponents, but the status quo dictating what can and cant be talked about, who can and cannot run …

They wont all agree with each other on everything, but on the issues, they will speak their minds -- not lapse into political doublespeak.

Theres a complete list of our candidates here -- and during August we will be posting links to their campaign pages. But here are some highlights --

      In three Representative Districts (5, 34, and 41) and one Senate District (21) our Non-Partisan candidates are the only real opposition to entrenched incumbents out of step with the majority positions outlined above … 

      In all three counties, Non-Partisan Delaware is running individuals for Sheriff effectively as protest candidates to point out that the position itself needs to be abolished as a partisan, elected office. Instead of funding themselves via the profits of evictions, our counties should be figuring out ways to help tenants stay in their homes.

Others in the past have tried and failed to recover the American mainstream, because if theres one thing that unites Democrats and Republicans, its their opposition to a multi-party political ecosystem that can fairly represent everyone. This is true even in a state where registered voters NOT affiliated with the Democratic or Republican parties comprise nearly a quarter of the electorate.

Still, somebodys gotta step up, and we need YOUR participation. Follow us on Facebook and visit our Non-Partisan Delaware website often (be kind -- we are bootstrapping that at the same time were using every slim resource available to support our candidates). When you see posts, news, and interviews about our candidates, SHARE them far and wide.

This is our premiere year, and no matter the results, we will be back in 2023, fighting for the issues that matter and preparing to field twice as many candidates in 2024.

Elected, our senators and representatives will go to Dover to start the conversations nobody else seems interested in having, and to be a voting block for public policies that make sense.

We can do this -- TOGETHER.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform covers a lot of issues.

In the context of Non-Partisan Delaware’s goals for the next two years, including the upcoming 2022 elections and through the next session of the General Assembly until the 2024 elections, Criminal Justice Reform includes several specific items relevant to ongoing controversies in the General Assembly that are likely to continue to be debated through the 2023-2024 legislative session. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Police Oversight/Accountability:
    • Civilian Review
    • Body Cams
    • Qualified Immunity
    • Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR)
  • Overcriminalization/Overcharging:
    • Cannabis Legalization
    • Resist Gun Control Restrictions
    • Bail/Sentencing/Pardons & Expungements Reform
  • Privacy:
    • Delaware DHS Data Collection and Retention Practices
    • “Right to Privacy” Constitutional Amendment
    • Protection of Medical/Reproductive Privacy and Rights

At Non-Partisan Delaware, we consider the rights of individuals to be paramount. A criminal justice system that is enforcing the mandates of politicians at the whim of special interests is not a criminal justice system committed to protecting the rights of Delaware residents.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Aarika Nelson for Kent County Sheriff

Non-Partisan Delaware's candidate for Kent County Sheriff, Aarika Nelson, gave an interview to Craig Anderson of the Delaware State News last week as part of an article on the Kent County Sheriff race between the incumbent, his Republican challenger, and Ms. Nelson.

If voters choose her to serve, Ms. Nelson said she would advocate for Kent County government and the General Assembly to create an “administrative office that’s based solely on qualifications, experience and merit.”

Ms. Nelson emphasized the necessity of replacing an elected sheriff with a merit employee of the county to perform the administrative functions of the office.  The elected office has become a tool of political gamesmanship, electing former law enforcement officials to hire other former law enforcement officials at an elevated cost for work that can be done by anyone.  By changing hiring practices she would make the county safe from potential discrimination suits opposing the practice of imposing additional requirements that are not backed up by any statute or regulation.  This would reduce the costs of an office that has seen its profits and gross revenue fall dramatically while costs have gone up during the tenure of the incumbent, elected in 2018 on a platform of "fiscal responsibility".  He declined to be interviewed for the piece.

Ms. Nelson also committed to devoting herself to the office full time if she was elected:

According to Ms. Nelson, “I absolutely would make myself available to do this job full time (if elected) ...” she said.

This stands in contrast to the other challenger for the office, the retired Harrington Police Chief and current City Manager, who has stated his intentions to retain both taxpayer funded jobs along with his taxpayer funded pension if he were to be elected.  This is an all too common practice in Delaware known as "double (or triple) dipping".

Sunday, June 26, 2022

You and Your Defense

Following the horrific massacre in Uvalde, Texas, calls for tightened gun control restrictions arose as predictably from some corners as the counter-argument that was tossed back that additional mental health assets and armed teachers and tougher law enforcement were the policies that would create a safer society. With the appalling frequency of these tragic events comes a sad familiarity with the resulting “debate”. By “debate”, of course, we refer to a habit on both sides of designating their opponents as “gun nuts” or “gun grabbers”, “red necks” or “socialists”, that has only intensified in the 23 years since Columbine, the decade since Sandy Hook, and the weeks since Uvalde, Texas. The usual suspects on both sides arrive on cue with the same arguments.

Yesterday saw politicians at protests across the state stridently attacking their opponents for wanting to take away individual rights. For taking an un-American step down a dark road to tyranny.

Was it a gun rights rally or an abortion rights march?

The parallels in the rhetoric would be ironically amusing were they not so troubling. Have Americans reached a point at which they are only capable of screaming at each other through the most simplistic and venal memes and sound bites you can imagine? Are we so incapable of wrapping our minds around ideas we disagree with that anyone espousing it can only be lying, evil, and intent on our destruction?

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Reclaim Your Privacy

Yesterday we wrote about the dangerous approach of a rogue Supreme Court not only dismissing any constitutional right to privacy when it struck down Roe v Wade, but also threatening (in Justice Clarence Thomas’s words) to go back and “correct” Obergefell, Griswold, etc.

This Court not only does not respect precedent, but has an activist intent to roll back the last fifty years of expanded rights for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ Americans, and anybody who has sex outside the missionary position.

What can ordinary Americans do in the face of an activist, rogue Supreme Court with the power to literally recast our hard-won civil rights when an old man taps “Enter” on his keyboard?

A lot, actually.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

This is not the platform upon which we had hoped to launch our party, but sometimes the best laid plans are disrupted by circumstance. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, which overturned Roe v Wade, has already curtailed the rights of women in 13 states, according to the Washington Post. These states have “trigger laws” already in place that come into force immediately or within 30 days of Roe being overturned, and it is expected that eventually severe restrictions and outright bans on abortion will exist in half the states of the nation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Non-Partisan Delaware Founded!

On June 19th, 2022, several Delawareans joined in Dover to form Non-Partisan Delaware, a ballot qualified political party eligible to nominate candidates for public office in the State of Delaware and dedicated to promoting an open dialogue between all Delaware residents to find consensus solutions to the issues that ail our state, and to promote those solutions through cultural and political activism.