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Wilmington City Council District 5

Wilmington City County district members serve four year terms and respond to constituent concerns in their geographical areas and hold committee leadership positions.

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    Bregetta A Fields **
    (Dem)

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    Alexander Hackett
    (I)

Biographical Information

What motivated you to seek or continue in this office?

What are your qualifications for office, and what differentiates you from the other candidate(s)?

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?

What steps can be taken for Wilmington City Council to work more efficiently and cohesively in the future?

Wilmington City Council’s actions affect the welfare of city residents. How will you keep the lines of communication open with your constituents?

Last edit date: submitted 8/27/2020
Phone: (302) 685-5945
Age 48
Education Norfolk University BS Strayer University MS
Work Experience Work with more senior team members, customers, Software Engineers, Architects, and Capability Managers to assist in capturing capability needs and driving quality business solutions. Assist with the creation and maintenance of deliverables such as business vision, requirements, personalization to different clients, and user interface design. Participate in the full software development life cycle by actively participating on Agile scrum teams in various roles, including, but not limited to, Scrum Master, Business Technical Analyst, User Interface designer, Capability Manager, or Tester, based upon experience and need. Support various aspects of requirements testing (e.g. testing plan, scenarios, documentation, defect management) to ensure minimal production defects are realized and completing analysis of the results tying back to customer impacts. Assure compliance for required standards and all necessary approvals have been obtained throughout the project lifecycle.
Community Involvement Food Bank of Delaware Interfaith Community Housing
I wanted to be a voice for my constituents' interests, to bridge the gap between city hall and the parts of the city that feel disenfranchised. I want help ensure that Wilmington's diversity is represented throughout my district. By taking an active role in setting city priorities, I want to ensures that our plans for the future will benefit my district and Wilmingtonians from every walk of life.
Honest. The key characteristic for an elected official is their honesty in both their actions and being intellectually honest with their approach to issues. Balanced. I am a representative of all of the people, not a champion of a special interest group or a narrow perspective. I am a candidate who brings a balanced view. Being balanced also means being able to work well with professional city staff while not automatically deferring to their judgment. Committed. Doing the job right requires a significant dedication of time and energy. Constituent relations, attending meetings and reading voluminous material in preparation for meetings are all part of the job. Experienced. I have experience in my work and civic life that lends itself to this position? I have the knowledge of the position, the governance of local government and the issues to be an effective councilperson.
Urban Blight and Healthcare-The quality of housing can contribute to general well-being or cause poor health. Exposure to poor indoor air quality, mold, lead, and rodent and cockroach infestations can lead to asthma and other respiratory illnesses, lead poisoning, learning and behavioral problems, and other serious health issues. Substandard housing refers to residential spaces with structural and other physical deficiencies that do not meet health and safety requirements, thereby endangering the health and safety of residents. ▪ Abandoned buildings refer to unoccupied homes and other properties that are in disrepair and pose a hazard to the health and well-being of the community. ▪ Vacant lots refer to neglected and empty parcels of land in a neighborhood that are used for dumping litter and other waste materials.

Promote Homeownership, shore up the Landbank, create meaningful policies and legislation to eradicate urban blight.
One of the best ways to unify a divided city is to establish fair and equitable educational opportunities for every child. Because of the long-time structure of the City's system, that isn’t happening in every community today.

Divisions by income, geography, class and race— or often a combination of them — exist throughout the city. Local communities need to have the incentives and rewards for addressing their condition. There needs to be some performance rewards, and some funding strategies tailored for local communities. While money alone won’t solve all the problems, many problems are not possible to solve without financial resources. Communities need to understand some of the options they have and need to be allowed the flexibility to operate.
Communicate and problem-solve with colleagues; Maintain collaborative relationships with fellow council members; Preside over and participate in city council meetings; Interact with and respond to members of the public; and Design effective and inclusive processes for engaging the public.
Be attentive. . Answer clarifying questions. Let people know you are listening. Separate the people from the problem. Focus on interests, not positions.
Last edit date: submitted 10/11/2020
Phone: (302) 584-5102
Website or social media link: http://alexanderhackett.com
Age 27
Education I am a product of Delaware’s school systems. The education I received from Stubbs Elementary School, Shue-Medill Middle School, and DelCastle Technical High School prepared me to earn a BS in Business Administration from Delaware State University, one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Work Experience Currently, I am an educator at Kuumba Academy Charter School and a small business owner. Previously, I was a Campus Recruiter for PNC Financial Services. My most rewarding work experience was participating in the City of Wilmington’s Summer Youth Employment Program, where I worked at the Hicks Anderson Community Center.
Community Involvement I am a proud member of West Side Grows Together and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a historically African-American Greek-letter fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy mentoring Wilmington youth and coaching basketball. I have been involved in organizations like Duffy’s Hope, the Check Rock League, and Nothing But Nets Sports Academy. In this role, I train youth to be great athletes, but more importantly, the best people that they can be. I also volunteer for the Delaware Blue Coats.
Additional Information I chose to run as an Independent candidate because too many people have been left behind by our nation’s two-party system. I desire to represent ALL of our residents, not just those who can and choose to vote for me. Delaware is a “Closed Primary State.” That means tens of thousands of people can’t even vote in the Primary election. This process favors Democratic candidates, makes it difficult to elect progressive candidates, like myself, and suppresses the vote of tens of thousands of people who do not align with one particular party. My goal is to inspire those who have been left behind and ignored because we need every resident to be engaged with the political process in order to move our city forward. Residents have made one thing clear: The establishment needs to be transformed. We can no longer afford to operate “politics as usual.” It’s time to put people over politics and that is what I will do if elected to represent the 5th District on the City Council.
Our youth motivated me to seek office. I was born and raised in Wilmington and directly relate to the young people who have been the victim of historic disinvestment. The high rates of poverty experienced by our low-income families, extremely low reading and writing proficiency scores, and consistent exposure to violence in the community is unconscionable. We need leaders in office who put people over politics and fight to improve the conditions of all of our residents. I desire to show youth, who came from my same beginnings, that they can walk in their purpose and work with us to improve our city. We are in a transformative time in our nation’s history. Residents are craving a new leadership; one that puts people first. It’s time to elect new leaders who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of dismantling the establishment that has left so many behind. I am ready to take on that role and inspire the next generation of leaders that will join me in these efforts.
First and foremost, I am a public servant. I always have and always will put people first. Seven days a week, I am connecting with residents so I can hear their concerns and hopes. I am not running my campaign on legacy. I am running on action. Residents see me in the community every day, not just at special events. I am backed by the people. If you look at my campaign finance report, you will see the majority of my donations came from people I know, some with little resources, who chose to donate as little as $1 to support our campaign. I have not accepted contributions from special interest groups or large donations from people I don’t know. Secondly, with a degree in Business Administration, I am prepared to carry out the fiduciary responsibilities of an elected official. Without a balanced budget, the city cannot operate. If elected, my top priority is economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. I will ensure our district is not left behind in this process.
There are two urgent issues facing the City: crime and safe housing. We are experiencing escalated rates of youth gun violence in particular, with children as young as 10 being shot. That is not acceptable. I will advocate for programs that work to change the life trajectory of those at highest risk of gun violence. I will support environmental crime reduction strategies like expanding LED lighting, increasing community cameras, and expanding art projects in the district that create a sense of community pride. There are clear disparities within our district and city with respect to access to safe housing. I support pre-rental inspections, responsible strategies address vacant properties and problem landlords, and will also work to increase access to homeownership in the district. This can be accomplished by providing first-time homebuyer workshops and creating a program to provide down payment and settlement assistance.
Racial inequity is a systemic issue. That means we must elect progressive candidates, like myself, who aren’t afraid to put people over politics. We need leaders in office who are going to challenge the establishment that has perpetuated the issues that plague our city. The 5th district deserves a leader who will represent all of its residents. One of the many beauties of our district is that it is racially and ethnically diverse. The needs of the fourth street corridor are different than those of West Center City, Quaker Hill, Hilltop and Cool Spring/Tilton Park. The 5th District councilperson must build relationships with each community in our district to understand how they are impacted by inequities and, most importantly, build solutions with, not for, them.
The City of Wilmington has great potential. However, progress has been stalled over the last four years due to personal and political conflict. This has been at the expense of our city’s greatest asset: the people. If we keep the people at the center of our work, we can move Wilmington forward. If elected, I will bring integrity and a spirit of collaboration to the council floor. I will work to ensure city government is transparent and accessible to the people who have been left behind and work to fully include them in the political process.
People over politics is not just my campaign slogan, it is my commitment to our residents. As the 5th district councilperson, I will always put the residents first and meet them where they are at, figuratively and literally. This means being present at civic association meetings, engaging residents directly on the block and attending community events. I also welcome any resident to call or text me directly at (302) 584-5102.