Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long have been sworn in to begin their second terms in office, with Carney stating that the state is in a good position to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said he would press forward with some of the initiatives he proposed in early 2020 before the pandemic started.
Carney and Hall-Long took their oaths of office in a virtual ceremony Tuesday morning. The inaugural address delivered by Carney was recorded on video.
“For me, and for so many of you, this year has been a balancing act. We’ve tried to protect public health, while protecting our economy. Preparing for the next year, and the next four years, will require this same balancing act. We’ll continue to deal with the crisis at hand, but we will also plan for the future. We will march forward with optimism and hope,” Carney said.
“We made promises last year — before the pandemic hit — and I intend to make good on them. We will create jobs by investing in the largest infrastructure program in our state’s history. We will make sure every Delaware family has clean drinking water.
We will build a new school on the east side of Wilmington. It’ll the first new school in Delaware’s largest city in more than a generation. We’ll make historic investments in public schools statewide, focused on students who need our help the most.
We’ll continue strengthening our economy. And we will help those businesses recover that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
My job as Governor is to make sure Delaware comes out on top in a world that’s more connected and competitive than ever. And to make sure all Delawareans get a fair shot to succeed.”