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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.

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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".