Today Jane Hovington, the Democrat candidate for the 19th state senatorial district, was a guest on the Susan Monday Show, on Delaware 105.9. She will now be facing the Republican, Brian Pettyjohn in the general election on Nov. 6th, Mr. Pettyjohn is running a write-in campaign, so Mrs. Hovington will be the only name on the ballot for the 19th district.
The host, Susan Monday, allowed Mrs. Hovington to use the first break of the show to tell the audience a little about herself.
She told of her small business experience which consisted of running a daycare named, Small Wonder Ones Child Care Center. She went on to tell of her community activism, her words not mine, in which she has been a mentor with the Indian River School District’s Character Academic Motivation Program (CAMP), an intervention program for troubled teens at Sussex Central High School that she co-founded four years ago.
She also serves as a volunteer program director for Shechinah Empowerment Center, a Georgetown-based community advocacy organization that helps county residents earn their GEDs, operates a food pantry and assists prisoners re-enter the community following their release, among other programs. The center is run by her husband. In addition, Hovington serves as the president of the Lower Sussex County chapter of the NAACP, chairwoman of the Georgetown Board of Adjustments and a member of the Ellendale Civic and Community Association, West Side New Beginnings Inc. in Rehoboth Beach and the Indian River School District’s education coalition.
None of this is news, since this is the very same bio that has been printed in any number of local newspapers.
When asked why she wanted to run for the state senate, she again repeated what seems to have become a patented answer, “There are serious issues in the community that I don’t feel are being adequately addressed,” she then said. “I can’t just stand back and see the things that are happening to people in Sussex County and not try to make a change.”
However, neither in the printed reports of her reasons for running nor this interview did she actually say what those serious issue are that she feels are not being, “adequately addressed”.
In describing herself she referred to herself several times as a community activist, Susan Monday asked her directly, ” is that the same thing as a community organizer like Pres. Obama?”, to which Mrs. Hovington answered, “yes”.
So what are Mrs. Hovington’s qualifications to be a state senator? Well she did run a small business in an industry that is heavily subsidized by the government.
She has worked in many community organizations, which may also rely heavily on government funding.
She speaks of making sure that our children get the very best education possible, I am sorry but this has become little more than a nod to the teachers union that if elected the candidate will see to it that more government funding will be poured into the system.
So we can see that Mrs. Hovington has experience in seeking government support, but is she ready to work on the other side of the table?
She has said that, “If elected, her main priorities would be to improve public education, provide more services to senior citizens and veterans, work to create more jobs and find ways to help families stay in their homes.” All laudable goals, but all would increase the size and scope of government.
Well let’s consider a question that was asked of her by a caller to the show.
She was asked about the law suit currently being heard in Maryland, where it is being charged that a local chicken grower is responsible for the polluting of a nearby waterway. The caller pointed out that the outcome of that case will have far-reaching ramifications on the Delmarva Peninsula’s poultry and farming industries. She was asked how she would handle such an issue if elected here in Delaware.
While she stated that she felt that the growers should be protected, she said that Perdue should be held responsible and should suffer the consequences.
This shows a lack of knowledge of how things work. If Perdue is forced to make even more changes to how they operate, then Perdue will pass the cost of complying to new regulations on to the growers and the consumers. When coupled with her opposition to lowering the corporate tax, another position that would add both cost and burden to our state’s number one industry, one has to wonder whether Mrs. Hovington has enough understanding of the agricultural community, a community that makes up a large portion of the 19th district, to represent it successfully in Dover.
There is more to governing than just handing out money, there is more to governing than just seeing to it that special interest groups are pandered to.
Governing includes making sure that government does not get in the way of the individual’s right to succeed.
I am not convinced that Mrs. Hovington understands this.