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Keegan Worley

Learn more about Keegan's stances below.

  • Keegan Worley

  • About Keegan

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  • My name is Keegan Worley and I am running for the House District 4 Representative seat. I have lived in Delaware for almost six years now, having lived in both Milford and Lewes. I have taught high school English at Milford (four years) and now Caesar Rodney High School (<1 year). At Milford High School, I was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2021-2022 and was the Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach. At Caesar Rodney High School, I am the Head Junior-Varsity Wrestling Coach and Class of 2025 Advisor.

    Prior to living in Delaware, I grew up in Pennsylvania, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree at Millersville University. While at Millersville University, I held the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer, and Auditor of the student government. Additionally, I was a Varsity Letter-Winner for wrestling and achieved PSAC Scholar-Athlete twice, as well as earned Academic All-American honors once.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Education Equity

  • Yes

    I believe that we need to provide funding for bullet proof glass and deadbolt locks on classroom doors, instead of funding for more constables. In the event of a violent situation in a school, we need to focus on limiting the amount of individuals in harm's way. By creating more secure and safe rooms, we are creating yet another barrier to prevent evil-doers from harming students.

    School safety additionally goes beyond just active shooting situations to include bullying and violence between students. More constables will not solve this; instead, I believe that we should continue to train staff to implement restorative practices in schools to show students real-world consequences for their actions when they act inappropriately in class. Oftentimes in school violence situations, it becomes a case of who is in the area at the time of the violence occurring. As a teacher, I have broken up fights between students before where the constable was on the opposite side of the school. In one instance, I had to diffuse a situation between two girls as it became violent; because of my quick actions, neither girl was able to hit the other. I separated them, took one of the girls to their class, and talked with her about the situation all before the constable arrived on scene. More constables is not the answer; better training and safer measures in keeping classrooms safe is the answer.

  • Yes

    Restorative justice practices, as mentioned in my above answer, are the way of the future in schools. Students are able to have a conversation following their actions to discuss the impact of their decisions. Restorative justice practices often receive a negative connotation as "nothing was done", however, in reality, the result could simply be that no "punitive" punishment was given to the student.

    As an educator, I have seen firsthand that restorative justice works with students and the inappropriate behavior initially observed in students has decreased as a result. Just last week, I had a student who decided to become disinterested during a quiz and shout obscenities in my classroom when prompted to complete their work. A punitive punishment for this student would have been to give them in-school suspension and declare they must do the work they missed. Instead, I pulled the student into the hallway and asked what was going on with them that they felt the need to disrupt class as such. Our discussion involved how they thought the class reacted to their behavior, how they should have responded when frustrated, and what steps we needed to take going forward with the class and the work missed. While they did not do very well on the assignment, they did go back and complete the assigned quiz.

    I truly believe restorative justice is the future of education and as a result, we need to promote and support the practice as legislators.

  • Immigrants’ Rights

  • Yes

    All children should not have to worry about whether or not they have access to care. No child should ever have to be sick or in need of medical care without the ability to get the help they need. When the "Cover All Children Act" was first written, I was very excited that legislators were ensuring that children, documented citizens or not, would be taken care of. Additionally, I believe that the "Cover All Children Act" should include mental health services for children as the pandemic has spotlighted a growing need for mental health focus in our youth.

  • Yes
  • Smart Justice

  • Yes

    Under Delaware Code Title 11, Chapter 92 consists of the LEOBOR for our police officers. If someone who is not a police officer commits a crime, their record is on file as a public record. Our police officers should be held to a higher standard as the ones enforcing law, and as a result, it should be public knowledge if an officer has committed an act of misconduct in their career.

    I understand that there were specific task forces created to review this issue as well as other law enforcement reforms in the previous General Assembly. SB 149 sought to achieve the above purpose, but failed and was unfortunately not passed with the substitute bill as well. I believe that this is something that must be reviewed again in the coming General Assembly this year.

  • Yes

    In holding officers accountable to public record, the community needs to be able to meet to discuss what actions must be taken. Community Oversight Boards allow for these discussions to happen outside of the in-house jurisdiction of police departments.

  • Yes

    Individuals on probation deserve the opportunity to be rehabilitated back into society. Without a policy that ensures someone will not be reincarcerated unless they commit a new crime, they are at a disadvantage in the probationary process time period.

    We need to focus on providing rehabilitation opportunities to individuals on probation so they may not fall victim to the prison pipeline.

  • Yes

    Those who have served their time or paid their debt to society deserve the opportunity to rebuild their lives. The lingering stigma of low-level offenses poses barriers to employment, housing, and other aspects of life. If a case is already eligible for the Delaware petition-based expungement process, we should not impose an additional barrier for those seeking to rebuild their lives. Therefore, I would support legislation to eliminate the First State’s second chance gap to expand the use of automatic expungements.

  • Yes

    Without expungement, incarceration and probation can severely impact an individual's ability to secure a job, earn a living, secure housing, and overall, live an equitable life. Those who have had cases terminated in their favor should be able to receive expungement.

  • Yes

    I would support a bill or legislation that temporarily removes fines and fees in the expungement process. I believe that individuals who owe the money should be allowed the chance to pay off these fees and fines, but without the ability to secure a living wage without an expungement, we will never see the money the individual owes.

  • Reproductive Freedom

  • Yes

    I am a very outspoken supporter of a woman's ability to choose what happens to her body and I have received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. As a result, I believe that a woman's economic situation should not prevent her from making that choice. Many individuals who become pregnant and are classified as low-income face difficult situations in which they cannot afford to care for themselves and their children when they inevitably birth the child. By not allowing Medicaid insurance to cover the cost of abortions, we are creating these situations for women and making their choice for them as they are unable to afford the reproductive care they need.

  • Yes

    The vote for reproductive healthcare in the Delaware Constitution is something that will be addressed in the coming General Assembly. If I am elected, my vote will be in the affirmative, thus getting Delaware closer to guaranteeing access to reproductive healthcare.

  • Yes

    The maternal mortality rate in Delaware is comparable to developing nations; it is unacceptable to continue expecting young individuals wanting to start a family to move to Delaware when we consistently post these statistics in medicine.

    In Sussex County, the shortage of doctors is terrible; many individuals must wait months on a waiting list before seeing a Primary Care Physician, simply because they are not accepting new patients. We see the satellite campuses of Bayhealth and Beebe being built, but we cannot fill these facilities with quality doctors, nurses, and certified specialists. Not only do I support a fund to access healthcare for uninsured or underinsured people with the inclusion of training programs, but I want to implement a program that incentivizes doctors and trained medical professionals to live in and practice medicine in Sussex County. When I taught at Milford, a Title I school, I was a High Needs Teacher. I was able to apply for the High Needs Student Debt Relief grant every year I taught there. I was awarded a small amount of money that would relieve some of my student loans each year I applied. I would like to look at something like this with Doctors or medical staff in Sussex County.

  • Voting Rights

  • No

    I do support legislation that would protect racial discrimination for voters of color, however, to say that I will champion this legislation is something that I cannot do. As a white, heterosexual male, I cannot say that I will ever know exactly what exact protections need to be enacted into law because I will never have experienced the plight that black and brown communities face at the ballot box. I would vote for and support legislation created to tackle this issue, but I do not feel that I, alone, could introduce something that is truly equitable for those affected by this discrimination.

  • Yes

    Early voting has proven to be successful; this year's Primary election unfortunately saw a number of electoral districts sharing voting precincts due to a low-volume of community owned buildings that were willing to be polling stations. At a polling place in my district, Mid Sussex Rescue squad on Rt 5, DelDOT had to be called in order to direct traffic as there was not enough parking to accommodate everyone turning out to vote. Other polling locations share similar stories, and even ones who did not have ADA accessible options for residents to access voting booths. On election day, I believe these challenges disenfranchised some individuals as they became frustrated and turned away. Early voting needs to be expanded to accommodate growing districts and decrease the stress of getting to the polls in one day.

  • Yes

    Individuals who have made a mistake in life should not be condemned for life. Once they have repaid their debt to society, they do not deserve to be disenfranchised because of their past. I believe that people who are no longer in prison who want to vote, should be able to do so.