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Newark (DE) City Council District 1

Elections are held for the City of Newark, DE on the second Tuesday in April each year. The Mayor and a six-member City Council form the elected government for the city. Six council members, elected from separate districts, serve staggered two-year terms.A special election will be held in Newark District 1 on July 20, 2021 to fill a vacancy due to the recent resignation of councilman James Horning.District 1 is a pie-shaped wedge on the western side of the city, between West Main Street and Barksdale Road to the Maryland state line. A link to a Newark election districts map is available on the City website: individual who is at least 18 years old and is registered to vote with the State of Delaware at a residence within the corporate limits of the City of Newark is eligible to vote. Absentee ballots are available for city elections.

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    Christina MacMillan

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    John Suchanec

Biographical Information

What motivates you to seek or continue in this office?

If elected, what will your top priorities be for the coming term?

How will you maintain an open line of communication with your constituents?

What are the key points you'd like the voters to know about you?

What issues exist that are unique to your district? Please give an example of one such current or recent issue, and how it is being resolved.

Residence (neighborhood/area): Nottingham Green
Campaign Phone: (302) 533-8088
Campaign email:
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): Over 20 years ago Christina started her career with M. Davis & Sons, Inc. in the accounting department. While working full-time at M. Davis, she completed both her B.S. and MBA at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, DE. She has taken on many roles while working at M. Davis, with the most current being Vice President of Strategic Development. In this role, Christina works in tandem with leaders in project management and operations to ensure strategic business plans are successfully executed in the workplace. She investigates value propositions associated with product or corporate acquisitions, introduces new products or services to markets, and works to expand into new markets. It is also her responsibility to take advantage of the M. Davis & Sons core competencies and define objectives to gain market share and maximize profitability, and to execute plans to make those objectives achievable.
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Any additional Information: Christina has been a resident of the City of Newark for over 10 years and lives in the Nottingham Green neighborhood with her husband and two sons.
As a mom of two young boys, I have a vested interest in the long-term success and vitality of Newark. I want them to continue to grow-up in a community that is safe, financially stable, and vibrant and am willing to be actively involved in ensuring that is possible. In addition, I feel that communication is important and feel I can maintain communication with residents, listening to their feedback and making sure they have clear insight to issues.
Being involved in the conversations that will determine enhancements and edits that should be made to zoning ordinances for the city is a great opportunity to make an impact on the future direction of growth and economic development.
I believe that communication has to happen in a number of ways. Social media is an easy method for communicating to large groups, but I also feel that being accessible and open to conversation via phone or in-person goes a long way. My goal is to learn how my neighbors want to hear from me - and communicate with them in the way they are most comfortable.
I have more than 20 years professional experience and am known as a strategic thinker. When solving problems, I like to think of things from different angles and get different points of view to come up with the best solution.
The most important issue in District 1 varies depending on who I’m hearing from – whether it’s the completion of the park at the former Rodney dorm site, how best to address downtown parking concerns, or the impact of upcoming development projects, among others. So, I believe ongoing communication and actively seeking input and feedback from residents regarding the issues most important to them will be a critical component to successfully representing my neighbors and tackling the issues facing our community.
Residence (neighborhood/area): 110 Tanglewood Lane Nottingham Manor
Campaign Phone: (302) 598-2222
Campaign email:
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): Past City Council member - 8 years President - Newark Senior Center Past member - Newark Housing committee Past Finance Director - Newark Country Club President - Tanglewood Lane Christmas Light committee
I served the city in the past on council and on several city committees. I’ve been a resident of District 1 since 1973. The reason I decided to run was specific to the Post reporting that the current council could benefit from experience. That’s what I bring to the table.

I'm concerned with the Downtown district zoning code changes and I support a moratorium. You bet there should be a moratorium, you have to ask the question, is there a city need for more student housing, and unoccupied retail frontage. Should we be building more luxury student housing or focus on approving diverse affordable housing or retirement housing. We need planned development with sustainability. There should never be a waiver on parking requirements for new development. The city needs to stop solving the universities housing strategy.. Housing of students is their problem to solve and fund. Let developers build student housing on university property.

How should the city spend the $18 million it is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act? There are limitations associated with the use of the money, like public health emergencies, revenue lost, infrastructure investments (roads, utilities, broadband network access) Most of the other Delaware communities will be holding workshops to develop their spend plans, Newark should do the same. Newark survived financially unscathed. I would not support using any of the funds of operational expenses, i.e., payroll,or revenue lost. I would support augmenting the police force with special training or personnel trained in handling situations involving mental, emotional, or physically impairment. (similar to hostage situations). I would also support a parking garage to support resident access to main street.
The previous council person did a great job using email and neighborhood networks to maintain transparency and keep the residents of district one up to date on what the city is considering and what may be of concern. I plan to definitely continue that. I also walk a 5K every morning through the streets of the district. People are out and about which offers a convenient and informal communications avenue. I may take a few breathes before answering any questions.
A few of my priorities and specific legislation I would work on and support?

Gun controls and citizen safety. Gun control is never going to happen top down. Newark does not need an open carry law. If we start, maybe the county, state, region will follow. I though I was a goner on Bent Lane by a man with a gun on his hip. Do we really need to see people with guns on their hips walking the streets of Newark. Tree removal should require a permit. Tree are a city and natural resource and should be protected. Rehoboth has a shade tree commission which requires permits to remove trees and a requirement to replace removed tree. I’m also concerned about traffic through District 1, parking on main street, and housing for 55+ citizens.
What is the most important issue affecting District 1 residents? Ans@ In a word, diversity. Diversity as it applies to housing, traffic, personal security, individual rights, quality of life, education, neighborhoods, protection of critical assets, etc., and the assurance that everyone has an equal and fair opportunity for support.