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Chris Johnson advances in bid to fill Wilmington City Council vacancy

Sophia Schmidt
Delaware Public Media
7th District candidate Chris Johnson is interviewed by a council of the whole Monday

Wilmington City Council is moving forward in its effort to fill the vacant 7th District seat. 

A committee of the whole voted Monday to recommend Chris Johnson advance to a full council vote. He was among three candidates interviewed. 


Johnson says he hopes to be a “coalition builder” if appointed to council.

The attorney has served as counsel to the City’s law department and to Gov. John Carney. Last year he ran unsuccessfully for state Attorney General. 

Council aims to vote on a resolution that would appoint him to the vacant council seat on Sept. 5. 

Former 7th District councilman Bob Williams resigned earlier this summer when he moved out of the city. 

The vacancy is the second council has had to fill in one year. The prior vacancy, in the 1st District, lasted several months before Linda Gray was appointed.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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