Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware launched a six-figure campaign calling for Gov. John Carney to appoint a person of color to replace retiring Chancellor Andre Bouchard on Chancery Court.
The campaign will use radio, print ads, and a comprehensive grassroots canvassing campaign to communicate directly with voters and civic leaders to put pressure on Governor Carney to restore diversity on the Chancery Court, which has been all-white since the departure of Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, the only Black person to ever sit on the Chancery Court, a release stated.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey, stated, “We must ask ourselves: if there were more diversity on the benches of Delaware’s highest courts, would sentences be more fair, would the prison population be less disproportionally made up of people of color, would our judges care more about COVID ripping through the prison population?”
The group charged that Carney’s most recent appointment of Paul Fioravanti Jr. to the Chancery Court, replacing Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves was a step backwards in diversifying the Delaware judiciary.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware describes itself as a group made up of more than 5,000 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect, as well as Delaware residents, business executives and others. For more information, visit DelawareForBusiness.org.