Wilmington City Council announces candidates for vacant 7th District seat
Wilmington City Council has announced the candidates it will consider to fill its second vacancy in one year.
Monica Alvarez, Debbie Bullock and former state Attorney General candidate Chris Johnson will vie for the empty 7th District seat on City Council.
Former councilman Bob Williams vacated the seat earlier this summer because he was moving out of the city.
It’s the second vacancy on council in the past year. The last one— in the 1st District — took nearly four months for Council to fill.
Under procedural rules modified during the last vacancy, a committee of the whole will interview candidates and vote to recommend one. Then Council will vote whether or not to approve that recommendation during a normal council meeting.
Council President Hanifa Shabazz is hopeful about the process this time around.
“I’m looking forward to it being much smoother than the other one before, because we’ve already gone through all the hurdles, so we know how to do it that’s in agreement with all of council," she said. "We only have three candidates, so we don’t have the long two days of interviews. So I think it’s going to go pretty smooth.”
The meeting to interview the candidates is scheduled for August 23.