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DeShanna Neal

Learn more about DeShanna's stances below.

  • DeShanna Neal

  • About DeShanna

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  • I was born in Wilmington General and have been a lifelong resident of the city of Wilmington. I credit my love for justice and education on my parents: my father, a Vietnam veteran, and my mother, an office assistant for over 30 years. I became part of the first generation of city kids to be bussed to choice school, and thrived in the Brandywine School District. I graduated from Concord High School (go Raiders!) in 2000, and went on to became the first in my family to receive a Masters degree. During this time, I also became a mother to my four children, Trinity, Lucien, Hyperion, and Thane.
    Now, I'm taking my experience as a community organizer to bring the voices of District 13 to Dover, so we can be seen and heard.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Education Equity

  • Yes

    Yes. Evidence shows that adding more police officers into our schools does not make them safer, but instead only leads to more arrests of young people. In particular, this specifically affects Black and Brown students, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities. Instead we should offer more mental health and counseling services.

  • Yes

    Yes. I strongly believe in restorative justice practices over punitive-based ones. Restorative justice makes our communities safer over the long term.

  • Immigrants’ Rights

  • Yes

    Yes, I believe healthcare is a human right.We need to protect all children in Delaware.

  • Yes
  • Smart Justice

  • Yes

    Yes, we must hold the police accountable for violence in our communities. Furthermore, I will advocate for the repeal of LEOBOR, as was done in Maryland last year.

  • Yes

    Yes. Community Oversight Boards comprising civilians (with no police officers) are needed to ensure the review process in police misconduct cases is transparent and handled independently.

  • Yes

    Yes. All policies that lead to incarceration deserve immense scrutiny. We should take every step to end the pipeline to prison, as it is extremely harmful to the public good.

  • Yes

    Yes. We need to make it easier for people to move on with their lives and get new jobs, rather than constructing additional barriers.

  • Yes

    Yes, I would support legislation that allows people to expunge cases from their record that have been terminated in their favor.

  • Yes

    Yes, we need to stop adding fines and fees throughout our criminal justice system that punishes people for being poor.

  • Reproductive Freedom

  • Yes

    The overturning of Roe vs Wade by an illegitimate court is an attack on women everywhere. While the right to abortion is codified in Delaware law, not all who need abortion are able to access it. Abortion is healthcare, and Medicaid must cover it.

  • Yes

    Yes, I would support a constitutional amendment to explicitly protect peoples’ access to reproductive healthcare.

  • Yes

    Yes, we need to ensure all those giving birth in our state feel protected and secure in interacting with our healthcare system. For too many Black and Brown families, the healthcare system is another source of trauma rather than a source of healing and support.

  • Voting Rights

  • Yes

    Yes, Delaware needs to continue pushing to make sure everyone has consistent access to the polls.

  • Yes

    Yes, having more ways to vote in our state improves our civic society and people’s trust in our government.

  • Yes

    Yes, the right to vote is enshrined in our constitution. Everyone should have the right to vote.

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