20th RD Candidates Differ on Legislative Approaches

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The three candidates for 20th District State Representative faced each other in an open forum, sponsored by the Paynters Mill HOA last night. The event was held in the Milton Public Library Meeting Room and was moderated by WGMD 92.7 FM talk radio host, Bob Steele.

20th Dist. State Representative Candidates left to right: Don Ayotte (IPoD), Barbara Vaughn (D) and Steve Smyk (R)
20th Dist. State Representative Candidates left to right: Don Ayotte (IPoD), Barbara Vaughn (D) and Steve Smyk (R)

Incumbent Republican candidate St. Rep. Steven Smyk, a retired Delaware State Trooper, emphasized his local origins, law enforcement experience, proven track record of political patronage and ability to network with his friends to get things done “Taking care of my constituents is my number one concern. I grew up near Oak Orchard and went to high school with my friends who are now in DELDOT and other government agencies, so I can call them to get things done”, he said.

Democratic candidate, Barbara Vaughn, a former Lewes City Councilwoman and current Lewes Planning Commission member, stressed her accomplished record of historical preservation, political connections and cooperative nature. “I am very honored that Senator Tom Carper and Congressman John Carney have personally endorsed me for 20th District State Representative”, she said.

Independent Party of Delaware candidate, Don Ayotte contrasted his independent “outside the box” thinking, analytical ability, commitment to upholding the US and Delaware constitutions and advocacy of greater public integrity.

“As your next State Representative, I will support no legislation that violates the US or Delaware Constitution and will work to reverse those that do in an effort to protect, preserve and defend individual freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Furthermore, I will work towards greater transparency, integrity and efficiency in state government”, he stated. He strongly supports restructuring Delaware state government to cede more power to the People instead of special interests with measures such as initiative, referendum and recall as well as establishment of an independent elected constitutional state Office of Inspector General to combat public waste, fraud, corruption, inefficiency, ineptitude and abuse of power.

Further information about the candidates and their stand on the issues is available on their websites.




On November 8, the voters will make the ultimate choice.

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