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Milton resident and political newcomer Jack Bucchioni said it’s going to take a well-run campaign to defeat three-term Republican incumbent Steve Smyk in the 2018 race for the 20th Representative District seat.
“I need to get all the organization up and running now, as I know I'm the underdog statistically and need to get going,” said Bucchioni in a Jan. 7 email. “We will soon see how this underdog enters the playing field, as any statistic can be overcome with a well-run campaign.”
Bucchioni, a 66-year-old Democrat who has lived within the district’s boundaries since 2011, said he brings three decades of business executive and educator experience to the table. He said he plans on filing his candidacy paperwork Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Sussex County Department of Elections.
Bucchioni had a laundry list of initiatives including attracting new businesses, affordable women's healthcare facilities and jobs with permanent career opportunities.
Bucchioni said he would like to attract more doctors to the underserved district by relaxing the licensing and testing process for doctors moving to Delaware from other states. Doctors already have passed national licensing medical exams, he said.
Bucchioni said he would introduce legislation to build a fast middle and last mile “Community Fiber Optics Public Option” utility.
“This is what relocating industries are now looking for in areas of expansion,” he said.
Bucchioni declined to rate Smyk’s performance as a legislator, saying only his running is his statement.
“We can do better with a change in District 20 leadership,” he said.
Bucchioni has a B.S. in education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in education from Binghamton University, New York.
He is a recurring advisory panel member for the Global Consulting Practicum at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Bucchioni has served as the national president of the National Association of Fundraising Companies trade association. He is a member of the Milton Lions Club, Lewes American Legion Post 17, the League of Women Voters and St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Five Points.
Bucchioni and his wife, Linda, have two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.
The 20th Representative District includes all or part of Lewes, Milton, Broadkill Beach, Harbeson, Cool Spring and Angola.
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