Council Announces Names of 7th District Candidates
August 8, 2019
WILMINGTON – Wilmington City Council announced the names of the qualified candidates for the City’s 7th Councilmanic District vacancy for the seat vacated by Councilman Robert Williams in July.
Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older, affiliated with the same political party as the outgoing council member – in this case a Democrat – and reside in the 7th District. Those residents interested in filling the vacancy had until August 1, 2019, to submit a letter of interest that included their vision for the 7th District and the City of Wilmington as well as a copy of their resume.
“I am pleased that we have three applicants that have interest in serving the 7th District and the City,” said Council President Hanifa Shabazz.
FILE PHOTO: Council President Hanifa Shabazz conducts Committee of the whole meeting Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Louis L.Redding City-County Building in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Wilmington City Council Committee of the Whole has selected Linda M. Gray as its recommended candidate to fill the 1st District vacancy. Photo by Saquan Stimpson
Those that have been certified as qualified candidates to be appointed to this seat are as follows:
Monica P. Alvarez: Ms. Alvarez is a native of Wilmington and a resident of Wilmington’s 7th District. She is a leader in social service, affordable housing, economic development, and community revitalization and currently serves on the boards of Wilmington Placemakers and Y Innovations and was a founding board member for Faithful Friends.
Debbie A. Bullock, EdD: Dr. Bullock has over 30 years of professional experience in corporate, academic and healthcare settings. She is an active leader with several nonprofit and professional organizations such as the Junior League of Wilmington, Delaware Toastmasters Club, and Canaan Baptist Church Higher Ground Education and Scholarship Ministry.
Christofer C. Johnson, Esquire: Mr. Johnson is a local attorney and resident of Union Park Gardens. He has served as a leader in the Delaware Bar Association, the Delaware Center for Justice, Union Park Gardens Neighborhood Association and on the 7th District Neighborhood Planning Council.
The Committee of the Whole of Wilmington City Council, chaired by the President shall be charged with recommending a candidate to fill the council vacancy in accordance with the requirements outlined in the City Charter section 2-34.
The next step in this process is for President Hanifa Shabazz to convene a Committee of the Whole meeting to review the credentials of each applicant and to interview them. This meeting has been scheduled for August 23, 2019.