Special committee appointed to review letters of interest, recommend successor for District 1 vacancy

WILMINGTON –  A special committee has been convened to review letters of interest from qualified residents seeking to fill the vacant District 1 seat and will ultimately make a recommendation on an appointment to the post.

According to the Wilmington City Charter, the President of Wilmington 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 appointed members of the Council Vacancy Selection Committee are:

  • Council President Hanifa Shabazz
  • Council Member Charles M. “Bud” Freel, 8th District
  • Council Member Zanthia Oliver, 3rd District
  • Council Member Ciro Adams, At-Large
  • Council Member Loretta Walsh, At-Large

Council Member Ernest “Trippi” Congo II, 2nd District, has been appointed as an alternate.

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

Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older, affiliated with the political part of the outgoing council member – in this case a Democrat – and reside in the 1st District.

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


Letters of interest can also be submitted by mail to:

Wilmington City Council
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 9th Floor

Letters sent via mail must be postmarked by Nov. 21, 2018.

For more information on the selection process and to submitting a letter of interest, click here or visit  https://www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com/city-council/council-vacancy/



Marchelle Basnight

Council Chief of Staff



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