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New Castle County Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle announces candidacy for County Executive in 2024

 Karen Hartley-Nagle
Karen Hartley-Nagle
Karen Hartley-Nagle

New Castle County Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle announces her intent to run for County Executive in 2024.

Hartley-Nagle has served as council president for six years, with two years left in her current term - and says that sets her apart as a candidate for county executive.

“I’m good at what I do, and experience matters," she says. "And I believe that my experience is what sets me apart. As the president of New Castle County Council I have gained valuable experience in county governance including budget oversight, policy development and stakeholder engagement.”

She calls herself a civic activist, championing open and transparent government through her time as a Board Member of Delaware Common Cause and the Coalition for Open Government. She was also a Member of the New Castle County Board of Adjustment and the Executive Director of the Nagle Foundation.

Hartley-Nagle says her top priority is delivering the best constituent service possible. Her vision for New Castle County is people-centered governing with total transparency.

“A county where everything revolves around quality of life," she says. "A county that is people centered, where constituent service is a top priority. A county that focuses on its core services to ensure that our residents have the services that they need and deserve. A county that is thriving and prosperous.”

She adds she has a great working relationship with the county Chief of Police and Public Safety director, and serves as the co-chair for the public safety committee – Hartley-Nagle wants to create a more diverse police force and is committed to reducing violence.

And she says the county doesn’t have enough affordable housing – another issue she hopes to focus on.

Hartley-Nagle is the second to declare a run to replace term-limited Matt Meyer as County Executive. Former New Castle County Department of Community Services general manager Marcus Henry has also said he plans to run.

Rachel Sawicki was born and raised in Camden, Delaware and attended the Caesar Rodney School District. They graduated from the University of Delaware in 2021 with a double degree in Communications and English and as a leader in the Student Television Network, WVUD and The Review.