Baker,Lopez face off for State Senate seat

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – In exactly 12 days, residents across Delmarva will be hitting the polls to vote in the 2018 midterm election. In Delaware several races are underway including the race for the State Senate District 6 seat between republican incumbent Ernie Lopez and Democratic challenger Dave Baker.

“I think it is time for new ideas,” said Baker.

“I love what I do and I take a lot of pride in what I do ,” said Lopez.

Both candidates say if elected they’ll make it their top priority to solve ongoing issues in the first state including concerns regarding transportation.

“Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth here in Sussex county, and that’s a major reason why I’m running. The state needs to send more money down here for roads,” said Baker.

“Two years ago we voted for a revenue package for transportation that’s going to bring close to $1 billion over the course of the next six years to make sure that we’re fixing our roads, that we’re building new roads, and taking care of the infrastructure that we have but really fostering that relationship between the county and the state,” said Lopez.

Both candidates are also making it their mission to help end the opioid epidemic, provide quality health care, and protect residents drinking water.

“We need stronger enforcement by DNREC to ensure major wastewater operations like poultry processing plants are good stewards of the environment. That has not happened recently and that needs to change,” said Baker.

“I was very proud to be the prime sponsor of senate bill 200 which banned offshore drilling and seismic testing off of our Delaware coasts. As someone who understands the value of the $7 billion economic impact that our coastal economy makes on our state. I made that a priority for us,” said Lopez.

Baker and Lopez add that if elected they’ll make sure the county continues to thrive.

“I have a lot of experience, I’ve lived in the community, I know the community, I have a record of getting things done,” said Baker.

“As a person who has parents that live here in Sussex County but also someone that has small children I feel as though I’ll continue to work hard on behalf of all of my constituents,” said Baker.

Baker and Lopez also told 47 that they’re actually really good friends, and will be happy whatever the outcome may be on November 6th.

 

 

 

 

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