For Delaware, Jess Scarane is the right choice for U.S. senator

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko

I am proud to endorse Jess Scarane for U.S. Senate.

As an elected official, who has served seven terms, I am often asked for my opinion of different candidates vying for elected office. It would be presumptuous of me to try to define the sincerity of an individual candidate’s intentions or motives for attaining office or the ideals that motivate them. However, it is logical for me to examine the historical record of elected officials’ performances and positions and let the public know my appreciations or concerns.

Scarane has demonstrated a commitment to putting the public interest above the special interests of the most powerful influencers who currently dominate the American government landscape.

Scarane’s total support for the American working families is evidenced in her uncompromising support for a $15 per hour federal minimum wage, a repeal of Taft Hartley and her refusal to accept all corporate PAC money. We need a senator who will support working families.

Scarane’s believes that healthcare is a human right and she supports a “Medicare for All” policy that would dramatically lower health insurance costs and allow more families access to health care. We need a senator who believes in healthcare for all.

One of the consistent drivers of excessive healthcare costs has been the greedy, monopolistic pharmaceutical industries’ position to squeeze excess profits from the public and the small businesses.

Scarane won’t take a dime of PAC money from the pharmaceutical industry. We need a senator who will refuse money from Big Pharma that’s intended to influence her decisions.

Scarane understands that climate change is a global crisis, and that we must act aggressively. She supports a Green New Deal to remake our energy system and infrastructure with the goal of divesting from fossil fuels by 2030.

I have always believed that the needs of the people should be paramount in all the decisions that elected public servants make. I believe that the public’s voice must be heard and listened to. I believe that it must be amplified not just echoed. I believe the public’s needs must be fulfilled not just acknowledged by all elected public servants. I believe that in Delaware and throughout America the preservation of the “status quo” has caused a rapid deterioration in serving the public needs. I believe that the “status quo” must be challenged, changed and in some cases dismantled.

These are the issues of the highest importance to the public’s welfare and these are the reasons that I am endorsing Scarane in the Democratic primary for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat.

I am urging all workers, their families, Delaware’s small business communities and every individual who is struggling to vote for Scarane on Sept. 15.

It is time to cast aside the special interests that wield almost all of the influence in America and Delaware. It is time to close the doors to the obscenely wealthy corporations and other special interests that have unfettered access to our elected officials. It is time to change the cycle of maintaining the status quo which serves the special interest and hurts the least powerful among us.

It is time to get out and vote for Scarane. It is time to elect Scarane as our next U.S. senator.

John Kowalko is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing the 25th district, which includes parts of Newark.

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