Richard Harpster

Meet the Candidate

Party Legend

  • DDemocrat
  • GGreen
  • IIndependent
  • LLibertarian
  • RRepublican

Running For:
State Representative
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  • OOppose
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  • *Comment
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  • !Running Unopposed

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive and strong economic system. S* This right is absolutely essential and in line with our Constitution. These rights are the foundation of “American Exeptionalism”.
2. A State of Emergency declaration extended beyond 30 days should depend on the consent of the people of Delaware through the General Assembly. S* Absolutely...The Governor has powers in certain situations in a “state of emergency” However, beyond the initial situation, our lawmakers should intervene on behalf of citizens. To do otherwise allows the Governor to ack as “King”
3. Better enforcement of current laws to prevent crime versus more restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety. S* We MUST enforce our current laws!! Our legislature has allowed a “no bail” policy that has increased crime...putting citizens in jeopardy. Our current gun laws are too restrictive with respect to CCW permits. I propose making Delaware a “Shall Issue” State provides that the applicant meets legal requirements. There should be NO need to have a judges review
4. Delaware laws and statutes should NOT threaten religious freedom, or the right of individuals, organizations, and businesses to exercise religious conviction and conscience. Lawmakers should oppose all attempts to compel people to compromise their beliefs or retreat from civil and political life as the price of following their faith. S* Are you familiar with the story of Gideon? If you are, then you’ll understand my position
5. Delaware law should better define the point of viability of an unborn baby versus allowing the abortion doctor to define it, which is vague and arbitrary (Senate Bill 5, 2017). S* That is a certainty...Let all agree on the record.
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death. S* Life BEGINS here at conception!! PERIOD!
7. Assisted Suicide, the act of deliberately assisting or cooperating in helping someone terminate his or her life, should NOT be legalized in Delaware as an end of life option. S* I believe GOD has HIS plan! I, however, don’t believe we should allow anyone to suffer in pain. I suppose I’d need to have a clearer explanation of “end of life” situations...
8. Public schools should NOT implement expansive and comprehensive sex education curricula that includes LGBTQ+ sexual experiences, practices, and identities. S* I’m staunchly against this....Furthermore, I will fight to keep Reg. 225 from EVER being introduced in Delaware legislature again!!
9. The Delaware Constitution should be amended to protect the right of parents to the control, custody, and care of their children from government interference, which requires the government to prove that it has a strong, compelling reason to restrict that right, such as in cases of abuse and neglect. S* My wife and I are THE ones that know what’s best for our child!! In NO WAY shape or form should there EVER be governmental interference without a compelling reason that involves the health and welfare of my child.