W. Charles Paradee

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W. Charles Paradee
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Delaware House of Representatives District 29
In office
January 8, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware, 1991
Master'sUniversity of Delaware, 1998
Office website
Campaign website
William Charles "Trey" Paradee, III is a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Paradee served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce
Energy, Chair
Natural Resources
Telecommunication Internet & Technology, Vice chair
Veterans Affairs


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Paradee served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Paradee's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Increasing our quality of life and creating jobs without growing the government

  • Excerpt: "I am hopeful that the pilot program recently authorized by the General Assembly to target waste, fraud, and inefficiencies in our Medicaid system will lead to significant savings. We also need to reduce the amount of redundant administrative positions in our schools."

Seeking bipartisan solutions and compromise for improving our state’s transportation infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "I hate paying taxes as much as anyone, and I would prefer not to raise them. Both parties understand that we must address our infrastructure needs, which is why our General Assembly needs to work together to come up with a bi-partisan solution."

Money for clean water initiatives should come from the normal budgetary process

  • Excerpt: "I do not support the idea of creating another trust fund that will be administered by government bureaucrats. I want cleaner waterways as much as anyone, but these types of projects should go through the normal budget writing process."

Reduce tax burden on casinos in order to preserve their long term viability as a source of revenue

  • Excerpt: "If we don’t do something, we will kill the goose that laid the golden egg. In order to preserve thousands of Kent County jobs tied directly to the casinos and racetracks, I would prefer to see the tax rate on slot machine revenues reduced from the current rate of 43.5%."

Reasonable wage increases for state employees

  • Excerpt: "Merit position state employees are the lifeblood of our government and the services it provides to our citizens. Many of these employees are currently paid much less than the median income in the state, and many have not seen regular cost of living wage increases for some time. I support providing state workers with wage increases commensurate to those we see year to year in the private sector for similar level positions."



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent William Charles Paradee III was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Peter M. Kramer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Paradee defeated Kramer in the general election.[2][3][4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Charles Paradee III Incumbent 57.4% 3,332
     Republican Peter M. Kramer 42.6% 2,471
Total Votes 5,803


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Paradee ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 29. Paradee ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Lincoln D. Willis in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Charles Paradee 54.3% 5,183
     Republican Lincoln Willis Incumbent 45.7% 4,358
Total Votes 9,541

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paradee is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Paradee raised a total of $40,875 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[6]

W. Charles Paradee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 29 Won $40,875
Grand Total Raised $40,875


Paradee won election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Paradee raised a total of $40,875.


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lincoln D. Willis (R)
Delaware House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by