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Claire Snyder-Hall is running to be the first woman to represent the people of RD 14 (Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, and Lewes) in the Delaware State House.

She is a pro-choice Democrat who will work to protect reproductive freedom, strengthen the democratic process in the First State, and advance doable bills aimed at improving Delaware’s quality of life in terms of health, education, housing, and the environment.

For over five years, Claire led the Delaware office of Common Cause, a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization with over 1.5 million members that works to protect and strengthen democracy, by safeguarding the freedom to vote, opposing the power of billionaires to buy elections, organizing for community-centered redistricting, exposing cronyism and corruption, and bolstering ethics and transparency laws.

Claire’s biggest successes at Common Cause Delaware were 1) leading the successful effort to get DE to rescind its call for an Article V constitutional convention that would put our Constitution up for grabs, thus thwarting the Koch Brothers agenda, 2) persuading Sen. Tom Carper to come out for filibuster reform to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, 3) pushing to get vote-by-mail passed by the General Assembly, and 4) preventing the attempt by Seaford to give voting rights to corporations and LLCs.

Claire came to Common Cause after thirty years working in the “democracy space” with organizations such as the Kettering Foundation, the American Democracy Project, and the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy.

Claire started her career as a political science professor. Her twenty years in the classroom included twelve years on the faculty of George Mason University, where she also administered a range of academic programs. Claire has also taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Hunter College, Illinois State University, & New College of Florida (before DeSantis destroyed it).

One of Claire’s greatest passions is writing. Her most recent book, Battling the Prince: A Woman Fights for Democracy (SUNY, 2021) is a political memoir that shares lessons learned from her campaign for the Delaware State Senate in 2014, the eight years she spent in leadership positions in the Democratic Party (including as Chair of DE’s RD 14), and a lifetime of progressive activism.

Her other books include Gay Marriage and Democracy: Equality for All (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Citizen-Soldiers and Manly Warriors: Military Service and Gender in the Civic Republican Tradition (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), and the co-edited volume Right-Wing Populism and the Media (Routledge, 2014). In addition, she has published dozens of articles and essays on issues of concern to democrats, feminists, and progressives. She served as co-editor of the academic journal New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture for the Caucus for Critical Political Science from 2020-2023.

Claire holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University, with a major in political theory and minors in political economy and women & politics, and a BA cum laude in psychology from Smith College.