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Deb Heffernan

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  • Deb Heffernan

  • About Deb

  • 6
  • House
  • Rep. Debra Heffernan is the former President of the Brandywine School Board and an environmental toxicologist with more than 30 years of experience. She has served for fifteen years on the state’s Hazardous Substances Cleanup Act (HSCA) Advisory Committee (originally named the Brownfields Advisory Committee), which is working to protect Delawareans from pollutants while making the state greener and more economically viable. A graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Duke University.

    Rep. Heffernan is a member of the Bellefonte Lions Club and volunteers with local nonprofits and Special Olympics of Delaware. She is a 30 year resident of Edgewood Hills, where she lives with her husband, Pat and has three children in their 20’s that all graduated from Brandywine School District schools.

    Rep. Heffernan is proud to have served the 6th District for 12 years. In that time she dedicated her time in office to fighting for working families, protecting our natural resources, safeguarding the rights of women, and championing the needs of people with disabilities across Delaware. She has fought to raise the minimum wage, enact 12 weeks Paid Family Leave, enact comprehensive gun safety laws, and secure the right to choose in the State of Delaware.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Education Equity

  • Yes

    Yes, I support data driven policies to keep our schools safe and great places to learn.

  • Yes

    Yes, this is why I sponsored HB26 which ensured that all juvenile's that enter our justice system are under the jurisdiction of the Kids department. Youth should not be in the prison system with adults, that is why I brought forward legislation to codify civil citations for infractions by youth keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system entirely.

  • Immigrants’ Rights

  • Yes

    I am a proud co-prime sponsor of the Cover all children act and will continue to fight for it's passage and will make a major push to ensure we have adequate funding in our budget for this program.

  • Yes
  • Smart Justice

  • Yes

    Yes, I believe trust in the community is built through increased transparency.

  • Yes

    Yes, communities are made stronger with greater participation in their institutions, this includes our law enforcement agencies. Public safety is every communities goal.

  • Yes

    Yes, we need reform in our probation system, too many individuals have been sent back to prison setting back their re-entry. That's why I have worked with my colleagues over the past few on a series of criminal justice reform bills.

  • Yes

    Yes, expungements will help decrease recidivism and re-entry successes. The petition for expungement process can be complicated, expensive, and daunting and individuals who are eligible should not have that as a barrier.

  • Yes

    Yes, we should not be placing undue burdens on people attempting to re-enter our society and instead should be giving them the tools to succeed.

  • Yes

    Yes, I was a sponsor of HB244 and will continue to support legislation to decreases the barriers to expungement and re-entry into society.

  • Reproductive Freedom

  • Yes

    Yes, I have always been a strong supporter of reproductive freedoms. I championed the legislation to ensure Roe V. Wade was codified into Delaware law and will fight to ensure that people aren't unable to get the care they need due to financial costs.

  • Yes

    Yes, this year I sponsored two pieces of legislation that would have begun the process of adding an amendment to Delaware's constitution protecting reproductive freedoms. I will continue supporting such legislation.

  • Yes

    Yes, we need to do everything we can to ensure people are given access to affordable reproductive healthcare. Far too many people suffer complications and having doula services has been shown to help decrease negative complications and increase access.

  • Voting Rights

  • Yes

    Yes, every Delawarean should have the right to vote and we should remove barriers that prevent that right from being exercised.

  • Yes

    Yes, I have always supported legislation to expand access to the polls in Delaware including the original early vote bill. I will continue to support these important measures and expand on the progress we have made.

  • Yes

    Yes, the purpose of our prisons is rehabilitation. If we do not trust individuals with the right to vote upon re-entry than we did not succeed in our stated mission.

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