Elect Debbie Harrington

Elect Debbie Harrington

Meet Debbie

Debbie Harrington
Debbie Harrington

Debbie Harrington is a candidate for the 9th Regional District State Representative who believes in people first. She is a passionate mother, experienced leader, community and education advocate and a very proud veteran. She has a doctorate in education with an emphasis in Innovation and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. She is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 25 years of executive leadership in multi-national strategic transportation and logistics planning, systems integration, organizational culture and structure, congressional budget programming and execution and personnel development.

After military retirement, Debbie became the Senior Administrator where she led major construction projects, managed multiple ministry and community development initiatives, and provided oversight and management to progress the church financially.

Debbie later became the Deputy Director for the Division for the Visually Impaired where she challenged the Division to reform education and employment services through research and development.

In 2018 she ran for public office to fight for social justice, universal pre-k, veterans’ health, and increased resources for the disability community. Debbie is a strong advocate for our community with an extraordinary record of successful leadership.

Debbie Harrington and her family.
Debbie Harrington and her family.

Debbie Harrington serves in several organizations to help build community capacity including Delaware State University Board of Trustees, Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Interest Group Middletown Odessa Townsend Pearls of Distinction, NAACP, Democratic 9th Regional District, VFW Post 3792, Women United – United Way Delaware, Special Education Strategic Plan Council and Delaware Visual Impairment Collaborative. After several years, Debbie turned over her seat as a State Commissioner where she was able to influence employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Debbie is one of nine children, originally from a small community in Portsmouth, VA before she left to join the military and later settled in Middletown, DE. She is married to Robert Harrington and the mother of two beautiful young women, Christy and Elizabeth, and one handsome young man, Jeffery.