Meredith Chapman

(Photo/Meredith Chapman for state Senate)

The University of Delaware's digital communications director used social media to announce a run for a seat in the state Senate.

Using a live video feed on Facebook Wednesday, Meredith Chapman announced she's running for the District 8 seat, which encompasses the Newark, Pike Creek, and Hockessin areas.

Chapman told WDEL running for state Senate wasn't a decision she reached lightly.

"As I was having these conversations, I finally realized that this is something that I can take action and help be part of affecting positive change," she said.

Chapman said she's always called District 8 her home in some way. She grew up in Beech Hill, teaches cheerleading at Newark High School, and serves on the board of the Newark Senior Center. In addition, she serves an adjunct at UD--teaching digital marketing and social media strategy.

Chapman plans to run as a Republican on the platform of innovation, education, and finance.

"Given my background with education--my passion for that--and trying to think of innovative ways that we can really think of outcomes so that our students are prepared for the future--that's something that I really want to help champion," she said.

She also wants to help Delaware get its finances under control.

"It sounds like Delaware's living paycheck to paycheck, so what I want to do is take a look at how we are creating funding mechanisms, and I think it's time that we have to make some tough decisions to really focus on funding in areas where it's needed most."

Her husband, Luke Chapman, is a Newark City Councilman.

She'll face Democrat Dave Sokola--who's held that seat since 1990--in the general election.

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