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I’m Mike Burns and I want to be your Representative for the 17th District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

My vision is to constantly work to make things better ensuring fairness, social justice and unfailing representation of everyone in my jurisdiction.

I’ve lived in New Castle all my life and have made it my business to listen to the people, always address their concerns and be accessible to everyone.  I’ve been educated in local public schools met my wife of 16 years, Merlyn Sterner Burns a lifelong New Castle resident as well, and have been involved in helping local residents, community leaders, and small businesses. We love this area and have made a commitment to keep it safe, growing and constantly improving.

I represent working women and men and their families and constituents of the 17th District in Dover every day and will continue bringing your issues and concerns for action from day one.  I fight every day to maintain and better the values and conditions I’ve learned in District 17 through my education in New Castle schools and listening to and working with communities, their leaders and residents.

I say we can continue to preserve the quality of life we presently enjoy, but we can do better and improve every day. My pledge is to make that happen for all of us.  We need to keep our community safe supporting, expanding and enhancing our first responders and providing the necessary funding they need to perform their duties.

We need to protect our most vulnerable populations our Children and Seniors. Ensuring our children have an exceptional education, and our Senior Citizens have the vital health care services they depend on.

We need to strengthen our communities ensuring our infrastructure is safe and up-to-date and ensuring there are social services and guidance for governance in place for assistance.

We need to strengthen the economy by bringing jobs with a livable wage and benefits and employment training to our District and the State of Delaware. Helping Delaware businesses, especially small business in our community needs to be a priority.

I will do everything within my power to move District 17 forward to a positive and prosperous future.

I would be honored to have your vote on Thursday, September 6, 2018.


About Mike

Mike Burns has lived in New Castle all of his life as a member and current Chairman of the 17th Democratic Committee. He has worked to make the district better and truly represent its constituents. 

Mike resides in Penn Acres with his wife of 16 years, Merlyn (Sterner) Burns. They’re both graduates of William Penn High School and products of Delaware Public Schools (Colonial School District).

Mike worked for the State of Delaware for 14 years with the Department of Transportation and is a member of AFSCME Local Union 879.

Currently, Mike is employed by the Delaware Public Employees Council 81 as a Staff Representative. He represents the interests of women and men working in counties, municipalities and the State of Delaware.


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