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Kerri Evelyn Harris

Learn more about Kerri Evelyn's stances below.

  • Kerri Evelyn Harris

  • About Kerri Evelyn

  • 32
  • House
  • My name is Kerri Evelyn Harris. I am a veteran, community advocate, and mother; as such, I have dedicated my life to public service. I believe in rolling up my sleeves and putting in the work necessary to help uplift my community, state, and nation.
    I come from a diverse, multicultural family that instilled values of equality, opportunity, and respect for all people, regardless of background. My parents were advocates and teachers who nurtured the passion for public service in us. My family history shaped the person I am today and instilled these core values that continue to drive me.
    One of my first calls to service came in the aftermath of 9/11. As a loadmaster in the Air Force, I transported troops and equipment from Dover to bases across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. I witnessed the cost of war. I saw soldiers suffering from PTSD who could not make the trip back overseas. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, rebuilding houses along the Gulf Coast. I was an airman by day and a volunteer construction worker by night. It was one of the most meaningful times in my life.
    I was medically retired in 2008, but not before I saw the diversity, greatness, and challenges faced by societies worldwide. My time in the military reaffirmed the pride I have in the United States of America and the values of freedom, equality, and opportunity that we aspire to but have yet to realize fully.
    I returned to civilian life in the depths of the Great Recession. Like millions of Americans, I struggled to make ends meet. I worked odd jobs—from cutting grass to frying chicken at a chain gas station—, and by the grace of God, we were able to keep ourselves housed, clothed, and fed. By day I worked on cars in an auto body shop. Still, when time allowed, I volunteered with the local Red Cross, at homeless shelters and coached my daughter’s soccer team, among other things. My parents taught us to always be of service to others, even in the midst of our struggles, and those lessons kept me moving forward even in times of hardship.
    In 2018, I ran for United States Senate because I felt that the experience of the average Delawarean, the average American, was missing in the US Senate chambers. As I worked with community members, I saw that the pain that I felt was specific to my life was, in fact, universal suffering. It was clear to me that there were answers to our problems. However, we were missing champions of the people who understood that we were tired of all the talk because we NEEDED action. So I stood; I stood for my kids, community, and state. I have been standing with and for the people of Delaware ever since.
    My life story echoes millions of others who feel called to service to improve our communities for the next generation. Together, we can make a difference because common beliefs remind us that we are all sisters and brothers. We need to lift each other so that all of our communities can thrive.
    I am running to represent the 32nd District because families need a champion who understands their needs and will work to address those needs. I am running because the people of the 32nd need someone who will work to pass laws that have a real and positive impact on their lives.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Education Equity

  • Yes

    We all want our children to feel safe in our schools. Mental health and counseling professionals in schools have been shown to be much more effective at reducing crime in our schools, as opposed to increasing law enforcement. Studies have also shown that once a child is arrested or engaged with the criminal justice system, they are more likely to commit crimes in the future because they will be less likely to graduate and be re-arrested. Therefore, our top priority should be making sure we address issues early on. The trauma of these interactions on youth can lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental and physical health issues.

  • Yes

    Our campaign prioritizes dismantling the school to prison that entrapped so many of our youth. Children are more deserving of grace and reprieve than anyone else. Our school systems are state sanctioned and our vision for them should be aimed at wellness and an opportunity to thrive. We intend to utilize system connectivity and transparency in order to connect students to schools with equitable education but also resources that promote mental wellness, healthy nutrition, and physical health. We believe that communities within Delaware will be able to flourish when policy is aimed at equity.

  • Immigrants’ Rights

  • Yes

    Yes I believe we should ensure children in Delaware receive more than basic healthcare services, no matter their immigration status. Currently, all Delawareans deserve a much better healthcare system than we currently have.

  • Yes
  • Smart Justice

  • Yes

    Yes we all deserve to have transparency in our government. Right now there is distrust between many members of the public and law enforcement that puts both the community and good law enforcement officers at risk. Making police misconduct records public is a small step in that direction to rebuilding trust.

  • Yes

    Yes I support increased transparency through local Community Oversight Boards. I would also want to see what binding authority these Boards would have to enforce their recommendations. Too many task forces and boards make recommendations, but nothing changes for our communities. I want to ensure real transparent changes start to get made.

  • Yes

    Whether serving lengthy sentences for nonviolent offenses, dealing with a militarized police force, getting trapped in an exploitative cash bail system, or facing coercive paid arbitration clauses from employers or credit card companies, many Americans are left with the impression that the entire legal system is stacked against them. Meanwhile, there is rarely any accountability for the rich and powerful, from the pharmaceutical companies who lied about Oxycontin to the insider traders and Wall Street financiers in the White House.
    Here in Delaware we need to prohibit reincarcerating people just because they lack the ability to pay or if they miss administrative details. Our prison system is over capacity and locking up more people for minor probation errors is not good policy.

  • Yes

    For most people navigating our criminal justice system is a confusing and intimidating maze. Most people, when given the opportunity, will choose to contribute to improving their community and being productive citizens. We should make it easy for individuals who are eligible for an expungement to receive one.

  • Yes

    Yes people who had their cases terminated in their favor should have the ability to have their records expunged.

  • Yes

    Absolutely. Too many people in Delaware lack the financial ability to cover even minor costs related to the criminal justice system. Does it really make sense to lock someone up or hinder their ability to move their lives forward just because they can’t afford to pay? If people are given the ability to expunge their records then it will make it easier for them to get a job, which in turn will make it easier for them to pay any remaining court debts.

  • Reproductive Freedom

  • Yes

    Yes I have consistently organized for Medicare for All and that includes the right to an abortion. Healthcare is a human right, not a luxury for those who can afford to pay.

  • Yes

    Yes I support protecting an individual’s right to an abortion through a constitional amendment.

  • Yes

    Yes this is critical. Right now too many mothers and their babies are dying or having medical complications that could easily be avoided. Until we address the racial disparities in our health system we need to ensure additional funds to protect all Delawareans.

  • Voting Rights

  • Yes

    Yes I have consistently advocated for increased voter protections here in Delaware and nationally. I would continue to advocate until all people have easy access to the polls

  • Yes

    Yes I support expanding early voting programs. Delaware has made progress in terms of increasing access to voting, but many low-income people still face barriers to voting due to varied work schedules, childcare, etc.

  • Yes

    The right to vote is a fundamental aspect of our democracy. Yes I support legislation that returns someone’s right to vote once they leave prison.

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