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Wilmington City Council District 7

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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    Christofer C Johnson **
    (Dem)

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    Dayl C Thomas
    (L)

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: published 8/3/2020
Phone: (302) 281-2018
Campaign email: chris@chrisjohnson-de.com
Website or social media link: http://www.chrisjohnson-de.com
Age 34
Education Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware. JD from Widener Law School.
Work Experience I represented the City of Wilmington and its employees in complex litigation matters in District Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Court of Chancery. I drafted Wilmington’s first ever body-cam legislation and comprehensive firearm control legislation. In 2017, I served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John Carney. I served as the criminal justice advisor for all substantive criminal justice/judicial reform efforts in the administration. I also drafted key economic growth, education, and cybersecurity legislation. I am now a partner at a Wilmington firm where I specialize in civil rights litigation as well as wrongful death and personal injury matters.
Community Involvement City Councilman for Wilmington's 7th District.
My parents taught me to think critically about social and political issues and their solutions from an early age. This foundation propelled me to become an activist for Democratic values, to start a career as a civil rights attorney, and to join Wilmington’s City Council in 2019 as a reformer candidate. From keeping our families safe to pushing for more economic empowerment and opportunities in Wilmington, the 7th district deserves a champion who fights hard every day for the hardworking parents, small businesses, and community leaders in our great City. I believe that the breadth of experience and the level of passion that I offer makes me a strong advocate for our community. Though I have been able to get a lot done in my first 11 months in office, we still have so much more work to do here in the 7th District. I am running for re-election because I believe that I can push progressive reforms across the finish line with more time in office.
My strong suit in this race is my professional and educational experience. I am a proud graduate of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Law School at Widener University. Earlier in my career, as an Assistant City Solicitor,I represented the City of Wilmington and its employees in complex litigation matters in District Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Court of Chancery. I drafted Wilmington’s first-ever body-cam legislation and comprehensive firearm control legislation. In 2017, I served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John Carney, working as the criminal justice advisor for all substantive criminal justice/judicial reform efforts in the administration. I also drafted key economic growth, education, and cybersecurity legislation. I am now a partner at a Wilmington law firm where I specialize in civil rights litigation. I am a very diligent and capable leader that does not back down when work gets tough.
Having lived, worked, and volunteered in Wilmington for many years now, I am all too familiar with the major problems that plague our neighborhoods including lack of job opportunities, increasing crime and drug abuse, and underperforming public schools. These problems have proven difficult to ameliorate. To turn the tide on crime and economic stagnation, we must act more boldly. We need to change our legal, political, and economic systems so that they are more uplifting to all people. Right now, there are too many barriers to success for middle and lower-class families. I aim to empower my neighbors by rebuilding civic associations, improving community-police relationships, designating the 7th as a business improvement district, and reforming the criminal justice system so that it no longer perpetuates cycles of debt, criminality, and incarceration.
People without money find themselves systematically neglected and mistreated by our nation’s political, economic, and legal systems. This systemic problem falls disproportionately on the shoulders of African Americans thanks to our nation’s shameful history of slavery, Jim Crow, and redlining. The Black community finds itself in a vicious cycle in which poverty reinforces racist stereotypes and racist stereotypes reinforce poverty. After 200 years of this abuse, activists like myself are fighting to end historical inequities that cause racist outcomes and attitudes to propagate. Only a couple months into my first term I sponsored and passed a resolution that declared racism a public health crisis and demanded racial equity to be a priority in government. By implementing community-oriented policing, managing revitalization projects, pressing for fines & fees reform, and fighting voter suppression I have chipped away at causes of inequity, though there is still so much more to be done.
Wilmington’s City Council has its problems with cohesion, and these issues stem from what is happening in our national discourse. Nationally, the relationship between the Republicans and Democrats is becoming increasingly ugly, unproductive, and dangerous. And, the divide between moderates and progressives within the Democratic Party itself is widening. As a member of the Democratic Party, I am taking a stand against both forms of division. If you know me then you know that I stand opposed to shouting matches, feuds, and the cancel culture. In City Council, I am always looking for what unites the chamber rather than what divides us. I believe that honey is a lot more effective than vinegar. That’s why I am always trying to win my colleagues’ support rather than shame them into submission. Progress is easily undone if reformers do not win support. I employ a strong but diplomatic approach to dealing with political adversaries, which breeds cohesion and efficiency within City Council.
In Delaware, unlike larger states, people expect to meet their representatives. This expectation is jet fuel for a campaign like mine because I need people to be engaged, excited, and dedicated in order to make an impact on our community. I am keeping my district up to date with my policy successes and shortcomings via Facebook @ChrisJohnsonForCityCouncil. There you can also check which community events I will be attending and message me. Email chris@chrisjohnson-de.com with your more detailed questions. Also, email me if you are interested in Zooming 1 on 1 or if you want to join your neighborhood’s civic association. I love to collaborate with constituents on projects so please reach out and build a relationship with me.
Last edit date: published 10/1/2020
Phone: (302) 300-9677
Campaign email: dayl4wcc7@gmail.com
Website or social media link: http://dayl4wcc7.org
Age 40
Education 1) Kennett High School (1998); 2) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (B.S. Human Factors Psychology, 2002); 3) University of Delaware (M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, 2011)
Work Experience 1) Engineering Psychologist, Department of Defense (U.S. Air Force), Edwards AFB, CA (2003–2009); 2) Mie University, Adjunct Professor Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan (2014–2016); 3) Suzuka University of Medical Science, Adjunct Professor, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan (2015– 2016); 4) Independent Tutor and Teacher, Various Place in the U.S.A., Japan, and Online (1998 – Present); 5) Graduate Assistant, University of Delaware English Language Institute (2009–2011); 6) Baby Hugs Hoikuen Teacher, Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (2012–2015); 7) Kumon Instructor, Aisai City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (2011–2015); 8) Space Camp Counselor, U.S. Space Camp, Titusville, FL, (Summer 2001); 9) Office Manager, Microlife Management, Kennett Square, PA, (2002–2003)
Community Involvement 1) President, Wilmington Little League (2019-Present); 2) Secretary, Wilmington Little League (2017-2019); 3) Little League Coach (2017-2019); 4) Volunteer at the Sunday Breakfast Mission every month; 5) Teach Sunday School at Faith Baptist Church; 6) Teach a free ESL class at Faith Baptist Church.
Additional Information 1) Secretary, Libertarian Party of Delaware (2019-Present); 2) Secretary, New Castle County Libertarian Party (2017-Present); 3) Secretary, Rank the Vote DE (2020-Present); 4) I make it to city council meetings as often as my schedule allows me; 5) In addition to primarily being an English teacher, I also speak Japanese and Esperanto; 6) I am the author of 15 technical reports from my time as a scientist with the U.S. Air Force. I ran out of room to print them here, so please check them out on my campaign blog at dayl4wcc7.org. Thank you!
I was motivated to seek this office after seeing the amount of money being squandered by our council through inefficient programs. We need smart, efficient government that is going to respect tax payers’ dollars and not treat our constituents as a cash cow or never ending dipping well.
1) I have nearly six years experience of working for the federal government as a civilian scientist. I’m no stranger to million dollar budgets or dealing with high-ranking government officials; 2) I have over 20 years teaching experience and running my own one-person business. I understand the importance of saving money and giving the best service/product for the least amount of payment; 3) I’m familiar with the people of the city through volunteering with the Wilmington Little League. I am acquainted with and understand the problems of everyday people here in Wilmington because I have worked with them directly; 4) I am set apart from other candidates because I am a Libertarian. Unlike others on city council, I will be offering a very fresh perspective, which is desperately needed. We need to reduce the legislative and financial burdens we have put on the citizens of Wilmington. This is how we create true justice reform and liberty for everyone in the city!
1) As lovely and helpful as the people on city council are, we need to have some fresh faces involved to help make our government efficient and smart and not an open check book; 2) Gun violence stems from drugs being illegal. If we really want to reduce gun violence, give hope instead of jail time to our youth, make police friendly and approachable to our citizens, and reduce racial inequality, we need to petition the state government to end the prohibition on drugs. Treat drug use as a medical condition, not as a criminal offense; 3) We need to reduce restrictions in our city code to foster and encourage self-business and hiring. Fish for a person, they eat for a day. Let a person fish, they’ll eat for the rest of their lives and give to those who are truly in need.
1) To paraphrase Dr. King, we need to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Therefore, as leaders, members of city council shouldn’t be focused on skin color, but focused on their own actions and the actions of others; 2) I really do believe that racial inequity would be greatly reduced if drugs were made legal and we reduced the amount of laws on the books. If there is not fraud or no initiation of force or coercion, then there is no crime and our laws should reflect this. Give people freedom and see how well they get along, love each other, and help each other out!
Do less and listen more. That way, the concerns of the constituents get heard and acted on.
1) If elected, I will be giving every penny I receive from this work to local charities picked by the constituents of the 7th district. As a councilman, I would be a servant, ready to give and help out at my expense, not theirs. I will encourage fellow councilors to do the same; 2) If elected, I will look to create term limits for councilors. This would open the door for more citizens to get involved and serve as well; 3) If elected, I will meet regular people once a month at various locations in the 7th district (in front of stores, at events, etc.) to ask how they are and how I can be of service. Open and transparent government; 4) I will give out my e-mail address (or my telephone number to those without computers) and have office hours to meet with constituents. Feel free to reach out to me at dayl4wcc7@gmail.com and check out my campaign website at dayl4wcc7.org! I really hope to earn your vote. Thank you so much.