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Senator Ernie Lopez; There's a lot going on

Date: February 19, 2017

 

 
 
News from State Senator
 
Ernie Lopez
 
Serving the 6th Senatorial District
Delaware State Senate Republicans February 17, 2017
Dear Friends,
From left: With Bob Fulton, superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District, and Dr. Susan Bunting, Delaware Secretary of Education, at her confirmation to Governor Carney's cabinet.
 
One of my favorite months of the year, is already half way in the history books.  From recognizing the importance of our nation's African American history to honoring two of our greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, February, while short in length, gives us meaningful time for pause and reflection. 
 
The first half of this month has been particularly difficult and tragic with the first ever on-duty loss of life of a Delaware Corrections Officer, Lt. Steven Floyd.  Please continue to pray not just for the family of Lt. Floyd but for his fellow corrections officers, who every day put their lives on the line in one of the most dangerous environments imaginable.  Like many of you, I feel strongly that a meaningful and thorough investigation is critical in order to determine what went wrong at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center, followed by substantive improvements that address the safety of all within our correctional facilities statewide. 
 
As my colleagues and I continue to work towards balancing our state's budget while facing a $350 million dollar deficit, I wanted to make a very important statement that I hope addresses the concerns that many state employees here in the Cape Region have shared with me in recent weeks and that is this:  I will continue to fight to make sure we are not balancing our state's budget on the backs of our state employees.  Our teachers, corrections officers, state troopers, nurses, DNREC and DELDOT employees and all others in state service, will continue to have a voice and vote in me to ensure stability both financially and professionally.  Where savings are found, more efficiencies and support will be made to ensure the service provided to taxpayers, continues to reflect the high level of skill and professionalism rendered daily by our dedicated state employees. 
 
Finally, I am very aware of these hyper-partisan political times which seem to be filled with much angst and anger.  In spite of the distractions, please know that I believe strongly that we live in the greatest country in the world and America continues, in spite of our challenges, to be a beacon of freedom for the world.  On an even more local level, our Cape Region continues to be the jewel in Delaware's crown, full of loving and kind people of all backgrounds who care deeply about life, liberty and the freedoms we all share. 
 
Friends, in honor of President's Day weekend, I'd like to leave you with two quotes which reminded me of the strength and character of these two great men:
 
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed 
is more important than any other."   
Abraham Lincoln
 
"Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone,
 and let your hand give in proportion to your purse."  
George Washington  
 
I will humbly continue to work on behalf of all of my constituents and be as responsive and reflective to your concerns as possible as you have given me the greatest of honors and responsibilities in being your Senator. 
 
With warmest regards and very best wishes as always,
 
Dr. Ernesto B. "Ernie" López
State Senator, District 6
 
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Questions Over Coffee with Governor Carney
Senator Lopez hosts Governor John Carney as his guest at a special evening constituent coffee on March 2 at the Lewes Fire Department, Station 2, near the Nassau Bridge. 
 
Questions, contact Keri Rapa at keri.rapa@state.de.us
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In the 6th District and Across the State...
Polar Bear Plunge
On a beautiful Sunday, February 5, in Rehoboth, Senator Lopez came out for one of his favorite events of the year, the annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Delaware. As he does every year, Senator Lopez presented a check during the "Levin Challenge" portion of the event where longtime donors Phyllis and Irv Levin, match all donations made the hour prior to the plunge. Here Senator Lopez is photographed with his dear friends, Phyllis and Irv Levin.
 
The Women's Club
The Zwaandendael Women's Club, which provides financial and volunteer support for dozens of Cape Region charities, hosted Senator Lopez at their annual tea party held on February 8th.  Senator Lopez is shown here with Cindy Winkler.
 
With UD Dean
As a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and alumnus of the University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development, Senator Lopez was honored to host the Dean of the college, Dr. Carol Vukelich, in the Senate chamber on January 12th.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
During his time in office, Senator Lopez has never missed the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Organization's worship service which was held this year at Christ's Church in Harbeson. Senator Lopez is joined here by friends, Janie Miller and Rev. Tesha Miller.
Alzheimer's Awareness
Senator Lopez took time out of a busy Senate day to speak and discuss legislative concerns with advocates and staff from the Delaware Valley Alzheimer's Association.
Ag Industry Dinner
Senator Lopez was honored to attend the annual Agriculture Industry Dinner in Dover on January 19th. Here the Senator is photographed with the 2016 Delaware Dairy Princess, Spring Vasey.
Jolly Trolley
As a strong supporter of small business and as a member of the Transportation Committee, Senator Lopez was pleased to have Lydia Hastings from the world famous Jolly Trolly, join him on the Senate floor in Legislative Hall as his guest.
Local Heroes
As constant advocate and supporter of men and women in law enforcement and public safety, Senator Lopez was thankful to be with members of the Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department at their annual banquet held on Saturday, January 28th.
CHEF Winter Jam
As a parent and a public policy maker, Senator Lopez has always been a tremendous supporter of our local public schools and enjoyed a fun night out at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach for the annual Cape Henlopen Education Foundation's Winter Jam event. Senator Lopez is photographed here with his friend and Dewey Beach super star, Mr. Keith Warren.
149th General Assembly
On the first day of the 149th Delaware General Assembly, Senator Lopez was proud to walk into the Senate Chamber with his dear friend and colleague, Senator Cathy Cloutier who had recently been reelected to represent the 5th Senatorial district.
Go UD
Taking a night off, Senator Lopez enjoyed a great night of Blue Hen basketball and was able to catch up with one of our best University of Delaware student athletes, Barnett Harris.
atTAck addiction
Senator Lopez spent time on a busy February 11th at the annual Beebe Healthcare Fair, held at the Atlantic Sands in Rehoboth Beach. The Senator,a strong supporter of Beebe Healthcare, is photographed here with his friend and constituent, Pauline Powell. Pauline is a local coordinator for "atTAck addiction," a Delaware nonprofit whose goal is to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also assist their families through the difficulties of addiction.
Polar Bear Plunge
At the Polar Bear Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Delaware in Reboboth Beach, Senator Lopez saw one of his favorite friends, Kayla Kosmalski and got what he always gets from Kayla, a huge bear hug.
Souper 
Senator Lopez continued his longtime support for adults and children challenged by disabilities by attending the annual "Souper Bowl" fundraiser held by the Delaware Salvation Army at Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth on February 11th. Here Senator Lopez is shown with Sara Bosco, who made the soup mug used by the Senator during the event.
Tidemark
Always supporting the local business community in the Cape Region, Senator Lopez was thankful to be on hand for the ribbon cutting of the new Tidemark Federal Credit Union in Lewes. Senator Lopez is photographed here with his friends and Tidemark associates, Tim and Kelly.
So Many Healthy Smiles
As Sussex County's only member of the Health, Children and Social Services committee, Senator Lopez takes great pride in supporting our local medical community and was thankful to attend the 2017 Give Kids a Smile event hosted by the Delaware State Dental Society and the Delaware Dental Hygienists Association. Over 150 low income youth were provided free dental care at this all day event held at the Milford office of Senator Lopez's constituent, Dr. Norman S. Steward, Jr.
LHS
Senator Lopez takes great pride in our local history and was pleased to be asked to make remarks at the annual meeting of the Lewes Historical Society on Saturday, February 11th. The Senator is shown here with LHS Executive Director, Mike DiPaolo; Lewes Board of Public Works member, Tom Owen; Dick Carter from the Delaware Heritage Commission and Ted Becker, Mayor of the City of Lewes.
General Timmons
As the Senate worked through the confirmation process for new members to Governor Carney's cabinet, Senator Lopez was pleased to be able to cast a vote not just for a constituent but for the first female Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, Brigadier General Carol Timmons.


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