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David Sokola

Learn more about David's stances below.

  • David Sokola

  • About David

  • 8
  • Senate
  • Sen. Dave Sokola represents the Eighth Senate District, which includes portions of Newark and Pike Creek.
    A graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Delaware. After brief stints as a steelworker in Claymont and a public school teacher in New Castle County, Sokola took a job as a lab technician at the DuPont Experimental Station, where he worked for 34 years before retiring as a research associate 2015. He now dedicates himself full-time to his role in the Senate and enjoys teaching indoor cycling classes at the Hockessin Athletic Club and his new-found pastime, raising bees.
    Sokola was first elected to the state Senate in 1990. He is best known for his work improving Delaware’s education system, passing strong environmental laws and working to keep a balanced state budget. He also was a Senate prime sponsor of legislation that created graduated driver’s licenses and marriage equality in Delaware, along with the measure that established the state’s public benefit corporation law.
    Sen. Sokola was chosen by his peers to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2021. He also chairs the Senate Executive Committee, serves as vice chair of the Senate Rules and Ethics Committee and as a member of the Senate Education, Corrections and Veterans Affairs committees.
    In addition, Sen. Sokola represents the Senate on the as a member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, a panel of state officials and economists who study the state’s fiscal outlook and project anticipated revenues.
    He previously served on numerous state commissions and task forces, including the School District Consolidation Task Force, the Advance Educator Compensation and Careers Committee, the Enrollment Preference Task Force, the Truancy Task Force and the board of the Diamond State Port Corporation.
    He and his wife Kathy live outside Newark. They have one daughter, Megan, and the best dog in the world, Cayce.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Education Equity

  • No

    This should not be an \"either/or\" question, as a number of districts are using SRO or Constables along with better training, enhancing mental health resources in schools and the use of restorative justice practices. There is a lot of data that suggests effective school safety measures requires input and buy-in from all stakeholder groups within a community. A rigorous process not only gets better results in the long run, but educates the community in all aspects of school safety.

  • Yes

    The school to prison pipeline is real, and policies to better address on the front end are needed. Effectively dealing with this matter does overlap with the first question.

  • Immigrants’ Rights

  • Yes

    I believe a bill was circulated that would provide for the care of immigrant children, and I had agreed to co-sponsor this measure. All children should have basic health care with a special emphasis on preventive measures such as vaccinations and periodic physicals. The costs of certain undiagnosed problems such as diabetes can be much greater than addressing it through early intervention.

  • Yes
  • Smart Justice

  • Yes

    I cosponsored SB149, and will continue to support similar measures.

  • Yes

    I support broad participation in the police review process. This process can take many forms, and should include an appropriate mix of the various stakeholder groups.

  • Yes

    On certain charges, we should not need to wait for a conviction to reincarcerate, but ability to pay should not be the determining factor of whether one is in prison or not.

  • Yes

    I have supported previous second chance initiatives, and will continue to consider expansion efforts in this area.

  • Yes

    While I support this, we may need an area of exception. I seem to recall that certain cases of domestic abuse get terminated in a perpetrator\'s favor due to the victim being unwilling to press charges. If this is still the case, there should be a record that can serve to protect the victim in the case of future similar conflicts, as the pattern may be needed to appropriately address the situation.

  • Yes

    This barrier can make it almost impossible to get the fees paid, and limit one\'s ability to productively participate in society.

  • Reproductive Freedom

  • Yes

    Reproductive care is medical care, and Medicaid should cover all aspects of reproductive care.

  • Yes

    I co-sponsored Senator Gay\'s bill that was introduced toward the end of session, and hope we can bring this measure forward in the next session.

  • Yes

    Reproductive health care is healthcare, and early care is essential to the best outcomes in this area of healthcare.

  • Voting Rights

  • Yes

    Democracy works best when all voices are part of the process.

  • Yes

    While there was not a lot of participation during the primary, it is new to Delaware, and as more people are made aware of this opportunity, we should expand the access for both time and locations. It is getting harder to find poll workers as it is a very long day, and there have been disturbing cases of abuse of poll workers. If more people take advantage of early voting, the staffing needs might be reduced.

  • Yes

    I have supported previous efforts to allow formerly convicted and prohibited people to re-gain their right to vote. I reserve the right to not extend this privilege to those convicted of taking another person\'s life.