Group look­ing to train new­com­ers to run for coun­cil

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­

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.

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