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Karen's Plan: Enhancing Our Quality of Life In New Castle County

 

 As your candidate for New Castle County Executive and President of New Castle County Council for the last eight years, I have dedicated my career to enhancing the quality of life for all residents. With a focus on comprehensive public services, public safety initiatives, affordable housing, world-class parks and recreational programs, quality infrastructure, responsible economic development, and robust senior and youth services, my leadership ensures a vibrant, safe, and healthy community. Committed to transparency and honesty in governance, my experience and dedication will make New Castle County the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Enhancing Our Quality of Life in New Castle County

As your candidate for New Castle County Executive and the President of New Castle County Council for the last eight years, I have dedicated my career to enhancing the quality of life for all residents. My experience has shown me that "Experience Matters," and this guiding principle has driven my commitment to excellence in every aspect of County governance.

Comprehensive Public Services

New Castle County Government provides a wide range of services designed to improve the daily lives of its residents. From public safety and infrastructure to parks and recreational programs, every service plays a vital role in creating a vibrant, safe, and healthy community.

Public Safety

As co-chair of the Public Safety Committee, I have supported significant initiatives to enhance public safety, including an $8 million budget increase for police salaries to attract and retain officers, pioneering the use of video in 9-1-1 calls, and ensuring EMS teams carry real blood on calls. These measures ensure that our emergency response teams are well-equipped to protect and serve our community effectively.

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Parks and Recreation

Our world-class parks and recreational programs are essential for promoting physical and mental well-being. I have advocated for and supported the preservation of open spaces, ensuring that residents have access to beautiful, safe, and well-maintained parks. Initiatives like the innovative enhancement of parkland experiences, inspired by visionary leaders such as those featured in Jan Owens' "History of White Clay Creek," reflect our commitment to environmental stewardship and community enrichment.

Quality Infrastructure

Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is crucial for the county's development and residents' convenience. During National Public Works Week, I highlighted the importance of our public works employees who work tirelessly to keep our sewers, parks and open space, stormwater, buildings, properties and fleet maintenance in top condition. Their efforts are fundamental to ensuring safe and efficient transportation and robust public amenities.

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Economic Development and
Job Creation

Responsible economic development and forward-thinking job creation are key to a thriving community. I have supported initiatives that attract businesses to the County, creating job opportunities and fostering a robust local economy. This approach ensures sustainable growth and a prosperous future for all residents.

Transparent and Honest Government

Transparency and honesty are the cornerstones of good governance. Throughout my tenure, I have emphasized the importance of open communication and accountability in government operations. This commitment ensures that residents are well-informed and can trust in the integrity of their local government

Senior and Youth Services

Comprehensive senior and youth services are vital for supporting our community's most vulnerable members. My advocacy has led to the implementation of programs that provide essential resources and opportunities for our seniors and youth, promoting their well-being and inclusion in community life.

Proven Track Record

With a proven track record of supporting, advocating for, writing, and sponsoring legislation that directly benefits our community, I am dedicated to continuing this work as your next County Executive. My experience as President of New Castle County Council has equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the quality of life for all residents, ensuring that New Castle County is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

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