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Chris Johnson joins Wilmington City Council

Wilmington City Council has a new member.

Council voted without opposition Thursday to approve Chris Johnson to fill the vacant 7th District seat. 

Johnson says he hopes to address violence in the city— with tactics including job training and afterschool activities. “A lot of the initiatives may be revenue-neutral, but we do need to try a new approach," he said. "That’s something that hopefully in the next coming months we can work on to really curb the violence.”

Johnson has served as legal counsel to the City’s law department and to Gov. John Carney. He ran for state Attorney General in 2018.

The 7th District seat was vacated by former councilman Bob Williams this summer when he moved out of the city. 

The vacancy was the second Council has filled in one year. Linda Gray filled a vacancy in the 1st District in March. 


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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