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Birthdate: Feb. 18, 1961
Birth Place: Evanston, IL, United States
Residence: Wilmington, DE
Jeff Cragg was born in Evanston, Ill., and currently resides in Wilmington, Del. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Carleton College, where he was a defensive tackle for the football team.
During college breaks, Cragg worked as an accounting clerk for Rotary International at its world headquarters in Evanston. After graduating, he began a long career in the insurance industry with companies including Northwestern National Life, Mutual of Omaha and Provident Indemnity Life.
He currently owns a Mailboxes Etc. business in Wilmington. He also has purchased and rehabilitated single-family properties in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.
Cragg served on the New Castle County Board of Elections from 1999 to 2000. He ran for state insurance commissioner in 2004 but withdrew from the race after the state GOP endorsed another candidate.
Cragg and his wife, Terry, have four children.
Jeff Cragg, a Republican, has stressed in his gubernatorial campaign the need to create private-sector jobs in Delaware and reduce what he says are some of the nation's highest energy costs.
He argues that Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's administration has followed a policy of increasing energy costs, making it more expensive for manufacturers and other employers to locate in Delaware.
Cragg specifically criticizes Delaware's inclusion in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. The RGGI is a regional cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions by requiring fossil-fuel burning power plants to buy or trade permits for each ton of pollutant they emit. Funds generated from the permits are intended to be spent on clean energy projects. Cragg says the RGGI burdens families and business with increased electricity rates to subsidize green energy initiatives, which can also carry higher utility costs.
Cragg also has blasted the Markell administration for acting as a "venture loan company," risking millions in incentives to try to attract unproven companies such as electric car manufacturer Fisker and fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy. Cragg says the money would have been better spent on reducing taxes and regulations on businesses.
To create jobs, he supports removing what he calls burdensome relations from businesses. He notes that the largest employer in Delaware is state government, followed by the federal government, and says the state's financial well-being depends on growth in the private sector.
Cragg has hammered Markell over Delaware's unemployment problem, with more than 30,000 residents out of work and a jobless rate that has changed little since Markell took office in 2009.
Source: Associated Press
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