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Jobs a Major Focus for Next Delaware Governor

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DOVER, Del. -- John Carney won't be taking the governor's office until next year, but that hasn't stopped some people from wondering how he'll address job creation.

Shante Rauex, 25, said she hopes Delaware's next governor will bring good jobs for young people like herself. The 25-year-old says there's a lot of retail and state jobs in places like Dover, but you have to go to Wilmington to find jobs in sectors like banking.

"It's like if you're not doing something at the college then you're not doing anything and I would like to see more stuff for younger people," she said.

After his win Tuesday, Governor-Elect John Carney reiterated that the state can't exclusively look to net larger businesses anymore.

"Delaware has to reinvent itself from a state relying on big companies like DuPont where we had 30,000 or 40,000 employees at one time to an economy based more on small, smaller, small businesses and entrepreneurs," he said.

But Republicans say Democrats need to remove roadblocks to businesses.

"He's gonna have a difficult time," said John Fluharty, an analyst with the Delaware State Republican Committee. He said issues like crime, public education, and regulation are holding Delaware back from improving upon a labor participation rate that is the worst it's been since the seventies.

"A big step in that right direction would be passing a right to work law. We have to make Delaware attractive to business and it just is not right now," he said.

Eric Van Sant of Dover said he thinks Carney needs to ensure Delaware remains business friendly.

"Of course we've always drawn business to Delaware, always," he said. "I'm sure he doesn't want that to change but small business seems to be what he's keying on," he said.

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