Sussex County Delaware

Greenwood Republican
Files for Senate Seat

Election 2002 ...

Opaliski Seeks District 19
Seat in Delaware Senate

A Greenwood resident has thrown his hat into the ring for a possible challenge to the Majority Leader of the Delaware State Senate.

Matthew Opaliski, a Greenwood Republican, has filed for the 19th District Senate Seat held for 30 years by Bridgeville Democrat Thurman G. Adams Jr.

"Having closely followed county and state politics for some time, both as a hobbyist and as an activist, I feel that the current political climate of the state not only demands that I act but also yields an ideal opportunity for me to further explore Delaware government," said Opaliski.

Opaliski said he would focus on bringing law making and state government closer to the people by encouraging citizen participation.

He said he would hold regular meetings in communities in his district, including Bridgeville, Greenwood, Ellendale, Milton and Georgetown.

"Sadly, this small effort just doesn't happen under the district's current representation," Opaliski said.

Opaliski said such communication with District 19 citizens would be the hallmark of his tenure if he wins.

"There must be a two-way communication," said Opaliski. "Otherwise, the basic principles of having elected representatives are compromised. As such, if elected, I would encourage people to contact myself by any means available."

Opaliski has spoken out on a number of issues. He has been most outspoken on House Bill 377, the Delaware Emergency Health Powers Act, with opinion pieces and testimony before the House committee discussing the bill.

That experience has led him to his candidacy.

"I would like to establish a meaningful dialogue between constituents and the office of state Senate for District 19," said Opaliski, "not only to keep the public well-informed of legislative happenings, but also to create an avenue by which those whom the office is intended to serve may voice their concerns, thoughts and ideas with the knowledge that they are indeed welcome and will be given serious consideration."

Adams has been in the state Senate since 1972 and has served as Senate Majority Leader since 1999.

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