City Council to begin process of filling Dist. 1 vacancy Oct. 21

WILMINGTON – Beginning Oct. 21, the Wilmington City Council will be soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the city’s 1stDistrict to be considered in filling the seat to be vacated Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha in November.

Chukwuocha, who won the Sept. 6 Democratic primary election for a seat in the Delaware House of Representatives, will have no challenger in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Because Chukwuocha will face no opposition in that contest, the councilman is expected to be declared the winner and will have to resign his post on Council by Nov. 7 in order to take office in Dover.

Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older, a Democrat, and reside in the 1st District.

Those residents interested in filling the vacancy have until Nov. 21 to to submit a letter of interest that includes their vision for the 1stDistrict and the City of Wilmington as well as a copy of their resume.

According to the Wilmington City Charter, the president of city council shall appoint the members of a special committee consisting of five members of city council; one member shall be the president who shall serve as its chair.

The special committee shall be charged with selecting a Democratic candidate to fill the council vacancy in accordance with the requirements outlined in the City Charter section 2-101. 

For details on the selection process and information to submit a letter of interest, click here or visit

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