Common sense answers to common sense questions on the campaign trail.....
Yes, I am a REPUBLICAN
Yes, I believe in TERM LIMITS.
Yes, your right and mine to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS is absolute.
Yes, DAVID BUCKSON was my father and I am from CAMDEN, De.
Yes, our schools need to get back to SKILLS AND TRADES.
Yes, this state needs a heavy dose of COMMON SENSE.
Yes, the men/women who wear the UNIFORM ARE HEROES.
Yes, our BAYSHORES/FARMS matter.
Yes, we have a SPEEDING problem and the state can fix it.
Yes, I am proud to be an AMERICAN!
Eric Buckson Republican Candidate for the 16th Senate
Please Vote Buckson – September 13th
I was raised in Kent County and have developed a lifetime of relationships in the 16 th district. You may know me from my 30 yrs. in education as a teacher/coach, my service to the 4 th district as a Levy Court Commissioner or through my father, David P. Buckson (former Judge, AG, and Gov). I am very proud of those connections and would encourage anyone new to the area to ask a neighbor about my ties to our community. I want to thank Colin Bonini for his nearly 3 decades of service and mean no disrespect when I say it is time for change. I believe my record demonstrates that I will bring a conservative approach to the 16 th district and pledge that when elected, I will push for legislation that puts term limits in place because a career in office is not what our founders envisioned. With that said, I am asking you to put me in the senate so I can push back on government overreach in Delaware and fight for your family and mine. ERIC BUCKSON for 16 th Senate District (N Little Creek, Bayshore's, N Milford, Felton, Frederica, Magnolia) is: Pro GOD, Pro Country, Pro Constitution “I pledge to keep the best interest of my community in front of special interest and will always fight to defend your rights and mine as defined in the US and Delaware Constitution.”
Eric Buckson has been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place through teaching, coaching, and serving as a Levy Court Commissioner.
The rights of residents of the 16th Senatorial district to keep and bear arms are found in Article 1, Section 20 of the Delaware Constitution as well as the 2nd amendment and it is my position that those rights shall not be infringed. I believe Delaware’s focus should be on dealing with mental illness and enforcing existing laws. My position is that the laws passed by the general assembly this year infringed on law-abiding citizens and does not cure the problem. No one I know wants to see a mentally ill person or criminal in possession of a weapon, but taking away the freedoms of residents in the 16th is not the answer.
As a county commissioner, I was frustrated by the lack of influence I had on county roads and intersections. This is because nearly all of the roads traveled in the 16th are owned by the state. This means that when speeds are changed, stop signs are added, or roads are built, it all goes through the state and sometimes local residents are left out of the equation. My goal will be making sure residents impacted by change have a seat at the table with decision makers before, during, and after changes are made. Over a 4-year term, each senator receives over a million dollars in road improvement dollars and my plan will be to ensure those funds are combined with other state funds to target specific road issues in the 16th. Right now, many 16th district developments are faced with significant road deterioration in cul-de-sacs and internal roads and finding solutions to those issues will be a top priority.
This is what differentiates an elected official from a politician. I believe an elected official is one who understands that at its root, calling someone back, returning an email, or showing up at their doorstep is where the rubber meets the road and I am proud to say that I excel in this category. Over my time as a commissioner, educator, or just growing up in the area, I have benefited greatly from helping others and my role in the senate will not change that. In fact, I believe it will allow me a greater reach in helping those in need and look forward to the opportunity. I realize that there will never be a guarantee that a problem can be solved, but there can always be a guarantee that you tried....and I will try.
For starters, GOD bless those who answer the call to defend or save a life. My family and I thank you for your service. I have developed, even earned a reputation of being a strong advocate of those that serve and I look forward to serving you as the next 16th district senator. Whether it is working on laws that lower the tax burdens, creating revenue streams that enhance and sustain the mission, or simply being a vocal advocate of all those that serve do, I will remain steadfast in my support.
Our county counts less than 30% of its residents as college graduates. Before you see that as a failure, recognize this. The 16th district has a median income of nearly 60k and many hard-working residents do well off that number. I believe the way we grow that number is to put skills and trades onto equal footing with college and degrees. One way to do that is to put Vocation back into the tech schools. Instead of POLYTECH or SUSSEX TECH, we need POLY VOTECH or SUSSEX VOTECH. Let our local high schools focus on technical training where space is not a premium and allow the Votech schools to expand opportunities for students to get into trades like auto tech, welding, carpentry, plumbing and other career fields that require space and openings. Right now, hundreds of residents in and around the 16th district are denied access to the trades their tax payer dollars help to fund simply because we do not have to room to accommodate the need. Doing this will allow students with skills to stay here and grow here.
In simple terms we need to put the “VO” back in “VO”TECH. I taught at POLYTECH High School for the past 30 years and have seen first hand what decisions made by the state have done to impact Vocational learning in the county. Over the last 15 years there has been a push towards college/degrees as a measure of success in teaching our youth. That has led to a shortage in skilled laborers at a time when they are in high demand. We need to expand on trades by freeing up our Tech schools and enable them to reach a greater number of students whose main focus is entering the workforce out of high school …..something that should be looked at as a good thing. The state should expand on pathways to apprenticeships and certifications the same way the state created college pathways in this increasingly skill specific economy.
I was a teacher/coach for 30 yrs. at POLYTECH and I currently have 2 children in the CR school district. I know firsthand how policies handed down by bureaucrats and legislators have had a negative impact on teacher and student performance. Teachers need to deal with less regulation and be provided the freedom to design classrooms learning around their students and not a standardized test. School boards need to be empowered to push back on a WOKE mentality that confuses the mission of what schools are about. That means that our schools should be more focused on reading, writing and arithmetic and less focused on issues best delt with around your kitchen table and mine.
Making sure the general assembly passes legislation that relieves Ag structures used for Ag purpose to be free from burdensome taxation will be a focal point of my freshman year. I will ensure that mandates set up by the state that will impact the county and agricultural community will be vetted before being enacted. The Bayshore communities need to be at the table when plans are drawn and decisions are made and my plan is to do just that. Both these communities are vital to the character and vitality of the 16th district and I will be very responsive to making their voices are heard and faces are seen when it matters most.
Pretty good story … I was contacted by Senator Carper's office asking to be connected with the BOWERS Beach fire chief. Senator Carper wanted to be briefed on the incident regarding a barge on fire in the Delaware Bay. I agreed to facilitate the meeting and made a second request. I requested that since Senator Carper was coming to the area, could we expand on his visit and give him a first hand look/listen on what local fisherman and recreational boaters are going through regarding the channel and its lack of federal maintenance. The Senator agreed and a meeting was set up. In the middle of the meeting, Carper's state director indicated they had run out of time and would it be okay to reschedule the briefing on the channel. I agreed because what other option did I have….. Except, before we concluded the meeting I requested a brief introduction by the Mayor of Bowers, Ada Puzzo on the town's plight to help the waterman. The mayor succinctly demonstrated how the delays and lack of urgency at the federal and state level had presented real challenges for the town and Delawareans using the channel. At the conclusion of the meeting, Senator Carper said his goodbyes and that was the end…or so I thought. Last week, I attended a meeting with bayshore reps and was informed that a LT Colonel from the Army Corps of Engineers had requested a meeting with the town to discuss the particulars of an emergency order clearing the path to enable the channel to be dredged. The LT COL even joked that we must know someone if we are getting this on the fast track ;). National politics aside, Senator Carper had the juice to make it happen and he did and for that I am grateful. I am also grateful to the Mayor and the waterman who kept pushing and never gave up! And I am also grateful for the lesson learned that when opportunity knocks, answer the door.
If we join together and make our voices heard, we can fight for the change we want to see!
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