Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. The City of Wilmington will begin the process of redistricting its councilmanic districts on August 25, 2021. Per City Code/Charter, Sec. 2-32, the process sets forth the mandatory duty of the city council to redistrict the city into eight councilmanic districts within six months after the date of publication by the United States Census Bureau of the population of the city. Because of the pandemic, the official population census numbers were delayed and scheduled to be disbursed on August 12, 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s website.
CURRENT COUNCILMANIC DISTRICTS MAP
The City of Wilmington is divided into eight districts, each represented by one council member. Four at-large members represent the entire city.
WILMINGTON CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE
To set in motion the process of redistricting, a redistricting committee has to be formed by Wilmington City Council. Per City Code/Charter, Sec. 2-32, the city council’s redistricting committee must be comprised of the president of city council and six members appointed by the president of city council. The following Councilpersons have been appointed to the official City Council Redistricting Committee:
• Council Member At-Large James Spadola,
• Council Member At-Large Rysheema Dixon,
• Council Member At-Large Maria Cabrera,
• 2nd District Council Member Shané Darby,
• 3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver,
• 4th District Council Member Michelle Harlee,
• and President Ernest “Trippi” Congo will chair the committee.
REDISTRICTING AFTER CENSUS AND COMMITTEE PROCEDURES
The City Council Redistricting Committee is tasked with preparing a report that contains a recommended plan for adjusting the councilmanic district boundaries of districts one through eight to comply with the following specifications:
(1) Each district shall contain contiguous territories; and
(2) Each district shall contain as nearly as possible the same number of persons with no aggregate diversion in population more than ten percent from the average population for all districts, the average to be obtained by dividing the number eight into the total population of the city according to that federal decennial census so published.
To find a complete list of procedures the City Council Redistricting Committee must follow, visit the following link here.
CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND DATES
Members of the public can attend the redistricting meetings either online, or in-person in Council Chambers located at the Louis L. Redding City/County building at 800 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The first City Council Redistricting Committee/Public Hearing took place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 5pm and can be watched here. For all future meetings please visit our Wilmington City Council’s “Events Calendar” here for agenda and Zoom meeting details.
All upcoming Redistricting Committee Meeting/Public Hearings will begin at 5pm on the following dates:
- Wednesday, August 25, 2021, which can be viewed here.
- Thursday, September 23, 2021
- Thursday, October 28, 2021
- Monday, November 22, 2021
HOW TO FIND YOUR DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER
If you are unsure of which district you reside in, Wilmington City Council encourages you to submit your street address here in the section “Find Your District Council Member.”
BROADCASTING OF CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
All City Council Redistricting Committee meetings will be broadcasted on our government access channel, WITN22, on Comcast Channel 22 and online on WITN22’s website and Facebook and YouTube page. If you happen to miss any of the meetings, each City Council Redistricting Committee meeting will be archived on our WITN22 website here for play back.