Republican Matthew A. Opaliski of Greenwood is challenging Republican incumbent F. Gary Simpson for the State Senate seat in District 18, which includes Milford, Greenwood, Harrington, Ellendale and Slaughter Beach.
Opaliski and Simpson will face off in the Republican primary on Sept. 11. No Democrat has filed to run for seat, meaning the winner of the primary contest could run unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election unless a Democrat is nominated by Sept. 4.
Incumbent Republican F. Gary Simpson's answers to the same questions will be published next week.
Q Why are you running for State Senate?
A I’m running for the State Senate because I believe that I can and that I will leave a positive and lasting impact on the state of Delaware by taking on an active, aggressive role in the legislative process as opposed to the passive role that the current incumbent takes. The go-along-to-get-along mentality, the passive approach that has filled much of Legislative Hall for too long is what allows the other side’s agenda, the liberal agenda to advance. As a political activist, I have championed the preservation of rights and less government, as a candidate I remain steadfast to those ideals and as an elected official that voice, the people’s voice, would multiply exponentially.
Q How do you feel you can better represent the voters in District 18 than your opponent?
A I have lots of sound, common sense ideas about how to address the many issues that face us however, I don’t claim to be an expert on all things and thus I don’t claim to have all the answers. Having said that, my intent once elected will be to call on the collective, vast knowledge of the many people that live in the district so that we may sit down, together, to figure out what is best rather than dictate how you will live such as is the case in far too many instances now. Any candidate, be they an incumbent or challenger that makes the claim as to having all of the answers is essentially telling you, the voter, they don’t need you, once the election is over of course.
Q What do you feel are the most important issues facing the district and how will you address them?
A The district straddles Kent and Sussex counties and spans the entire width of this geographic area of the state from the Maryland border to our Coastal Bays so the issues are certainly varied. From the coastal areas having to deal with breaches and flooding for years now and having received little relief aside from lip service and road repairs to the overall economic climate and employment in the more populated inland areas of the district where small businesses drive the local economy, there is plenty to improve on and, it’s going to take more than just talking about it to yield results. The time for talking about action is over, as the next senator in the 18th District, I’m prepared to act from day one.
Page 2 of 2 - Q What do you feel are the most important issues facing the state as a whole and how do you plan to address them?
A Thankfully, we’re not in the dire position that some states are, but we need to bolster the Delaware economy, as opposed to simply maintaining the status quo. We can expand the number of businesses that want to do business in Delaware by looking at new, innovative and cutting-edge technologies and then, create the atmosphere where such industries can thrive because short of picking the winners and losers through the use of subsidies that's about all that government can do with regard to creating private sector jobs, the state can get the hell out of the way. By supporting policies that seek to unleash individual and corporate potential we can attract new businesses and let them work for us as employers, thus furthering economic growth.