Group looking to train newcomers to run for council
An advocacy group based in Wilmington is looking to recruit and train firsttime candidates to run for Newark City Council and local school boards.
Network Delaware will host a free training session at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Newark Free Library.
Executive Director Drew Serres said the goal is to teach candidates the basics of how to run for office and what it’s like to be a candidate. Newark Councilwoman Jen Wallace will be a guest speaker.
“Most of our members are on the liberal side, but the training is open to anyone,” Serres said.
Network Delaware grew out of Eugene Young’s unsuccessful campaign for Wilmington mayor in 2016.
“We are building a network of citizen Change Agents in local communities to resolve their own issues,” the group’s website reads. “We operate initiatives that equip individuals and groups to tackle challenges in their area (e.g. economic justice, racial justice/racism, community creativity, and youth engagement).”
Serres said the group has done similar training sessions in Wilmington and received requests to expand the effort to Newark. Last year, the group trained successful progressive candidates Tizzy Lockman, Laura Sturgeon and Dave Carter.
Newark will have four seats up for grabs in the April 9 municipal election, including mayor and the Districts 1, 2 and 4 council seats, which are currently held by Mark Morehead, Jerry Clifton and Chris Hamilton.
University of Delaware undergraduate Kasai Guthrie, who announced his mayoral bid last month, is the only candidate to file so far, though Mayor Polly Sierer confirmed she plans to seek a third term. The filing deadline is Feb. 4.
Guthrie has already contacted Network Delaware for assistance, Serres said.
Meanwhile, the filing deadline for Christina School Board is March 1. John Young is running for re-election but does not yet have an opponent.
Councilwoman Jen Wallace will be a guest speaker at next week’s training session on how to run for office.