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Lavelle Announces for State Senate - Will Continue to Demand Accountability and Transparency

SHARPLEY – Independent reformer Greg Lavelle, current Minority Leader of the Delaware House of Representatives and tireless advocate of open, accountable government announced his campaign for State Senator in the 4th District on a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Monday evening. More than 600 residents of the 4th Senate District took part in the 60 minute long tele-town hall to hear Lavelle's ideas and share their own concerns about Delaware's future.

Voters are tired and frustrated by the lack of accountability in Dover and have lost faith in the system after hearing one story after another about insider deals and politicians protecting their own interests instead of those they are elected to serve. Just as important, citizens feel no one is genuinely listening to them and are extremely busy with their own lives," said Lavelle. "I wanted to kick-off my campaign in a way that let me hear from as many people as possible and gave them a chance to voice their concerns. My entire public service career has been about putting aside partisan politics to listen to and work with residents, and I thought my campaign announcement should follow that same tradition.

Lavelle has served in the Delaware State House since being elected in 2000. There, he has authored, co-sponsored or supported a host of bills dealing with subjects as broad as cracking down on industrial polluters to addressing water supply issues in New Castle County to ending the practice of legislators holding other taxpayer-paid positions in the state.

An Independent Reformer

Lavelle is best known as an independent reformer whose constant efforts against government mismanagement and abuse, particularly at DelDOT and the Delaware Psychiatric Center, have earned widespread support across the state. In fact, many government observers point to Lavelle's constant vigilance over government mismanagement as the reason the majority party in the House basically tried to force him out of Dover through the re-districting process earlier this year.

Not surprisingly, one of the first questions asked of Lavelle on the tele-town hall meeting was, "why are you running?" Lavelle replied, "My primary goal as a House member has been to shine a light on where state government needs to do better for its citizens and to demand accountability for their tax dollars. I have a long history of working in and with civic groups to help residents and those civic groups improve our community. I look forward to continuing to build on these achievements – and help more people - as State Senator."

A Leader Who Listens

Lavelle has also been one of Delaware's most accessible legislators, holding regular Coffee Meetings throughout his district with local residents as well as being one of the first to utilize the power of the internet to communicate with and help the people he serves.

Dave Bart, who is President of the Claymont Business Owners Association as well as the President of the Northridge civic association, joined the tele-town hall meeting and praised Lavelle's commitment to constituent service.

"During the campaign and after he was elected, Greg Lavelle took the time to come to Claymont and learn about our concerns, our ideas and the issues that mattered to our local community. He has taken what he learned and fought in Dover and here at home for the things we want and need," said Bart. "I can't imagine a better person to work for us in the State Senate and know he will do the same for every community in the 4th District."

Lavelle's legislative record is one of independence and effectiveness. Just this spring, he joined with Democrats in the House to pass a bill strengthening missing child reporting laws. Past legislative efforts include creation of the Community Environmental Project Fund, important reforms to state election laws, and sponsoring bills such as requiring State agencies to post their expenses on-line that were put into action without legislative action.

A Delawarean with Deep Community Roots

A lifelong resident of Delaware, Lavelle's service to his community stretches far before – and far beyond – his service in the State House. Actively involved in civic organizations throughout our region, he today serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Council on Economic Education and is a strong supporter of Special Olympics and other community nonprofits. Previously, he served seven years on the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated of Delaware, on the board of Westside Health and more.

After taking a series of questions from those participating in the tele-town hall, Lavelle summed up his experience and knowledge when it comes to dealing with a range of issues.

"I have an understanding of our community and its needs that comes from having spent my entire life here," answered Lavelle. "Whether it's reinvigorating our economy to create jobs or the desire for a new stop sign at a neighborhood intersection, I understand the issues we care about be they big or small, and have fought for them in Dover. As Senator, I will continue to do the same."

A Successful Businessman

Lavelle is a successful businessman in the private sector where he serves as a Managing Director with Puglisi & Associates in Newark. Unlike many in Dover, Greg brings an understanding of the challenges facing the private sector and job creators because he has worked in the business world his entire career.

He is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Economics, as well as the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Master of Governmental Administration from the Fels Center of Government.

The new 4th Senate District was created after the 2010 census and spans from Fairfax and neighborhoods on both sides of Concord Pike across Greenville to western Hockessin and areas in Pike Creek. Lavelle was born and raised in the district where his father was a practicing dentist for more than 50 years.

Lavelle and his wife, Ruth, have two children who they are raising in Sharpley just blocks from Lavelle's childhood home.

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