WILMINGTON — Four
residents — all Democrats — made their announcement to run for Wilmington City
Council this year at a special engagement at the General Denver on
Democrats Angela Mitchell-Koster,
Michael Allbright, Tyler Williams, and incumbent council member Kelsey Swindler
have taken out petitions to run — the most Democrats to run for city council
since at least the late 1990s.
Swindler, who currently
sits in one of the three at-large seats on council, said she was excited to be
running for re-election and couldn’t believe it was already time for another
“I’ve had a great year on city
council. I feel like I’ve gotten halfway to what I promised, and that was
delivering on this concept that Wilmington’s future starts with having the
money, and that was a big task,” said Swindler.
She said it
indeed was a major task to have the appropriate funds to move forward any
projects within the city, including maintenance. Now, she said, the city can
move forward in its development.
“It’s so exciting to be
running with people,” said Swindler, “this was my dream when I ran two years ago
— this idea to run alongside people.”
Mitchell-Koster, running along with Swindler in the at-large election, said one
of the biggest reasons she decided to run is because she has lived in Wilmington
for years now and wants to make it more prosperous.
things that have or have not been done and I want to know why,” said
Mitchell-Koster. “I want to be a part of that why and why not. There’s a lot of
things we can do.”
Michael Allbright, the Assistant
Dean of Students for Housing and Residence Life at Wilmington College, took out
a petition to run for the council’s second ward seat. He said that ever since he
was young he has loved politics and being active in the community.
“I wanted to get involved in government. I was
speaking to some individuals and they recommended I run for city council in ward
two. I wanted to give a Democratic voice to ward two and in the
The third at-large candidate, Tyler
Williams, a guidance counselor at Wilmington High School, was involved with
Campaign for Wilmington’s Future last year and said it’s time to invest in
infrastructure and designing a city that people want to live in.
“There’s so much evidence of what kind of city
people are looking for, young people, and I think we’re ready to start that,”
If all candidates who took out
petitions file, Swindler, Mitchell-Koster and Williams are currently up against
Republican opponents Carter Cockman, current councilman Bill Liermann, and Chris
Walls for council-at-large. Allbright is up against Republican incumbent Lonnie
Stuckert for the second ward.
Deadline to file petitions
is Feb. 1.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574
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