|Jack Markell's A Blueprint for a Better Delaware is remarkable. For the first time, Delawareans get a hard copy of an outlined, step-by-step plan of how a candidate promises to bring change. He is a candidate whose abilities have already been tested. All we have to do is look at his record as Treasurer where he used his office creatively to save the state money, to help low income people and women increase their financial ability to buy more of Delaware's goods and services, all this at no additional cost to the taxpayer. As Treasurer, he demonstrated how an elected official could, to use a hackney phrase, "think outside of the box."
His "Blueprint" is further evidence of his ability to" think outside of the box." More than that, Markell is willing to hold himself accountable for keeping the promises he makes to the people of Delaware. It takes a lot of guts for Markell to do this. Once he is elected governor, this book can be used as a checklist of promises and obligations to be fulfilled. After reading A Blueprint for a Better Delaware there is little choice but to vote for Markell if a better Delaware is what we want. The book is so detailed; it shows that Markell is both very serious and passionate about bringing change to Delaware, charting a new course for the state. He understands that the old ways no longer work.
Politicians are always making unfulfilled promises, and I am tired of being let down year after year by those only seeking the power of political office and, with that power, the ability to avoid even a scintilla of accountability when promises are not kept or things go wrong such as the Indian River Bridge, a debacle over which heads should have but did not roll. With Markell's book, he is promising to be a different kind of Governor, whose only interest is to bring change to Delaware. A fresh and different start is what we Delawareans have been looking for.
I would hope that each and every voter will look at this document and come to their own conclusions about supporting Jack Markell for Governor and not be swayed by Delaware's institutional party politics that only promise more of the same and seem to fear innovation and creativity. Markell believes Delaware deserves better. I know that when elected governor, Markell will do everything in his power to execute and be accountable for achieving his "Blueprint for a Better Delaware." For this reason I fully support Jack Markell in his race for governor.Lee I. Dogoloff
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LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 08 June 27, 2008