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Wilmington City Council District 2

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    Shane Darby **
    (Dem)

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What motivated you to seek or continue in this office?

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What are the most urgent issues facing the City of Wilmington, and how will you address them?

How do you believe that racial inequity can be reduced/eliminated in Delaware?

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Last edit date: submitted 8/23/2020
Phone: (215) 783-9918
Campaign email: darby4dacity@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://www.shanenicoledarby.com
Age 31
Education Temple University Bachelor's Degree: Mass Communication & African American Studies Master's Degree: Africana Studies
Work Experience Child Behavioral Therapist-3 years Paralegal-Army National Guard-8 years Community Organizer for MWUL & Network Delaware- 1 year Career Development Manager at JobCorps- 3years Treatment Foster Care-3 years
Community Involvement Civic Association-Brandywine Village Founder of Black Mothers In Power Founder of the Ma'at Community Healing Garden
I am seeking office because I see the clear disparities in how funding has been dispersed to different sections of Wilmington. Our city has only been invested into the Riverfront and downtown area, while communities that need it the most are ignored. I learned from my work on the civic association that to get major projects completed, you had to go through the government in some way. We need someone who will be an advocate for this district to make sure we have access to funding, resources, and opportunities in this district.
I am a former educator. I serve in the Army National Guard. I am a Community Organizer. I am a mother with children currently going to schools in Wilmington. I am therapist dealing with children who have experienced trauma and have behavioral issues. I am a founder of an organization called Black Mothers In Power. I have managed large budgets and understand the importance of centering people in budgets. I am the youngest candidate. I will bring fresh ideas and a willingness to learn. I want to use research to develop new tactics and strategies to dealing with issues in our community.
1. Community Reinvestment *Bring pride in Market Street back to our District *Increase Programs Encouraging Long-Term Residency and Home Ownership *Introduce Pre-Rental Home Inspections

2. Criminal Justice Reform *Establish a Citizen’s Police Conduct Review Board *Fight for Police Body Camera Funding and Legislation *Invest money into “why” people commit crimes in our community

3. Youth Development *Increase Accessibility for Youth to Existing Community Centers in the City *Establish a Youth Community Center in our District *Establish a Junior City Council
1. City Council working closely with the School Board and redistricting reform for the City of Wilmington 2. Addressing racism & implicit bias training in the hospital; training Black Women to be Doulas to services other women have readily available. 3. Addressing racial bias in how banks and other mortgage lending companies give Black people access to funding to purchases homes, business, and participate in investments. 4. Addressing the gender pay equity gap AND the race pay equity gap. Black Women get paid less than white men, Black men, and white women. 5. We can not over police and place curfews on Black and Brown communities. We need body cams, community review boards, and re-examine WPD budget.

1. During training period, create a unified mission statement, set clear norms and a culture of how we will interact with each other, and have a clear understanding of the rules of City Council 2. Professional/Leadership Development & Day Retreats throughout the year 3. Have video options for City Council members to be present at meetings all year long 4. Develop a relationship with state representatives to become an advocate for Wilmingtonians for state issues
1. Attending Civic Association & 2nd District Planning Council Meetings 2. Have many options for my neighbors to get in contact with me (NextDoor App, Email, Social Media, Phone, Office Hours, etc.) 3. Use a mass text services to keep my neighbors updated about important events, meetings, happenings in the 2nd District & Wilmington 4. Have a Newsletter available via email and paper