Here is the final draft of the Delaware Democratic Party Platform that will be voted on during the convention on Saturday. It is a marked improvement upon the first draft of the platform, as Delaware United illustrates in what items were added:
- Support for a Medicare for All, Single Payer Healthcare System
- A huge commitment to fighting for Veteran’s needs, including mental health care, education, job training, campaigns to battle homelessness, and more
- Repealing the Death Penalty
- A commitment to mental health, including suicide awareness and prevention programs
- Debt-free college, and expansion of programs like the SEED program
- Universal Preschool
- Expanding Green energy infrastructure in Delaware
- Corporate Reform, specifically stopping shadow LLCs from setting up in Delaware
- Commitment to ending Super PACs
- Public Financing of Elections
- Equal pay for equal work
- Ending mass incarceration
- Fighting income and wealth inequality
- $15 an hour minimum wage for the State of Delaware
- Fighting outsourcing in Delaware
- Rebuilding our infrastructure
- Fighting to support our Unions
Erik Raser-Schramm, who is on the Platform Committee, and who is also a candidate for our next Party Chairman, had this to say on the year long process:
This Final Draft is the culmination of over a year’s worth of hard work and dedication on the part of Delaware’s Democrats. When assembled last spring, the Platform Committee made it our duty to ensure that every Democrat in the state had a chance to provide their input on the Party Platform.
In 2016 the Committee held a series of Public Suggestion Meetings in each of the Party’s four subdivisions (New Castle, Kent, Sussex, and the City of Wilmington). These were well-attended meetings in which any registered Democrat could make suggestions toward the 2017 Party Platform. After taking the Democratic public’s suggestions into consideration, the Platform Committee spent the early months of 2017 composing a draft platform.
The initial draft then went through a month-long public comment period. Both Delegates and the Democratic public were given the opportunity to provide input and feedback on the draft platform. Many of Delaware’s Democrats seized that opportunity and the committee received over 180 individual suggestions regarding the platform’s first draft. We would like to thank everyone who submitted their comments and suggestions. Incorporating the wide range of views held by our state’s Democrats, presented a unique set of challenges, but we are confident that we crafted a platform that Delaware’s Democrats will be proud to call their own.