October 15, 2020
Senator Hocker Calls for Immediate Resignation of DEFAC Chairman Michael Houghton
Following a review of campaign financial disclosures and after the distribution of partisan campaign literature, Senator Gerald Hocker (R - Ocean View) on Monday, October 12, 2020, demanded the immediate resignation of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council’s (DEFAC) chairman, Michael Houghton.

“DEFAC was set up to be a bipartisan, non-politically affiliated council that projects Delaware’s financial well-being,” Senator Hocker stated. “Unfortunately, Mr. Houghton is a major contributor to both Democrat candidates and Democrat-affiliated political action committees.”

According to public reports filed to the Delaware Department of Elections, Mr. Houghton made significant monetary donations, including an opening contribution of $3,500 to PAC302 on August 14, 2018 and a $10,000 payment to Facts Matter PAC on September 24, 2020. Per its stated purpose, PAC302 was set up to “Provide financial support to Delaware Democrat candidates”. Facts Matter PAC recently distributed highly misleading literature attacking a sitting Republican senator.

Additionally, Mr. Houghton has contributed thousands of dollars directly to Democrat candidates’ campaigns.

“This routing of funds to partisan organizations and Democrat candidates calls into question DEFAC’s credibility, particularly during a time when we are to trust its financial projections during a global pandemic,” Senator Hocker added. “Mr. Houghton is certainly allowed to donate personal money to whatever and whomever he pleases, but he shouldn’t do so while chairing a bipartisan and apolitical committee. To restore faith in the Council’s work, Mr. Houghton should step down immediately. If not, Governor Carney must replace him.”

DEFAC was created by former Governor Pete du Pont in 1977 to act as an independent and bipartisan council to project Delaware’s annual revenue. Governor Carney reauthorized DEFAC via Executive Order #26 on November 26, 2018.

Senator Hocker serves the 20th Senate District and is the Minority Leader in the Delaware State Senate.

DelDOT Updates
Pyle Center Road Closure

DelDOT announces to motorists that a portion of Pyle Center Road will be closed for the removal and replacement of a failing crossroad pipe.

WHEN: 6 AM on October 19, 2020 until 11:45 p.m. on October 26, 2020, pending weather.

WHERE: Pyle Center Road between Daisey Road and Hickman Road, Roxana.
At all times, residents and businesses will have access but may need to use the posted detour route.

Detour Routes:

Pyle Center Road Southbound: Motorists on Pyle Center Road will turn left onto Omar Road to Roxana Road and return to Pyle Center Road.

Pyle Center Road Northbound: Motorists on Pyle Center Road will turn right onto Roxana Road to Omar Road and arrive at Pyle Center Road.

Detour signage has been posted for motorists.

To view the entire release, please click here.

New Traffic Signal at RT20 and Bayard Road

The Delaware Department of Transportation's (DelDOT) Traffic Signal Construction Section in conjunction with Byers Electric will be activating the New Traffic Signal to a flash operation after the morning rush hours on Monday, October 19 at the intersection of Route 20 at Johnson Road and Bayard Road in Selbryville.

After the flash operation period, the signal will be converted into a full Stop and Go operation on Wednesday, October 21.

Variable message boards will be in place to advise motorists in advance of the new traffic pattern.

Click here to read the entire release.
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