Wilmington City Council Lowers Age Requirements For Candidates

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Wilmington City Charter Section 2-103 lowers the minimum age requirement of those desiring to serve as members of Council from twenty-five (25) to twenty-three (23) at the time of election.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: You now only have to be 23 to serve as a member on the Wilmington City Council and that was the result of an amended charter during the city’s regular Thursday June 16, 2022, meeting. The legislation was sponsored by City Council’s President Trippi Congo.

President Congo’s proposed city charter amendments have three main components:

Agenda #0191 – Res. 22-038 passed with an 8-Yeas and 5-absentvote. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-103 lowering the minimum age requirement of those desiring to serve as members of Council from twenty-five (25) to twenty-three (23) at the time of election.

“This is lowering the age of council members to 23 from 25 with the intent of encouraging the younger generation to become a part of our political system,” said President Congo. “Hopefully younger people will want to become involved in City Council and I would hate for an age restriction to stop them from being a part of people who just want to be able to help their community.”

AGENDA #0191 – RES. 22-038 VOTESCity Council President Trippi Congo – Yes1st District Council Member Linda Gray – Yes2nd District Council Member Shané Darby – Yes3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver – Absent4th District Council Member Michelle Harlee – Yes5th District Council Member Bregetta Fields – Absent6th District Council Member Yolanda McCoy – Absent7th District Council Member Chris Johnson – Yes8th District Council Member Nathan Field – YesAt-Large Council Member Maria D. Cabrera – AbsentAt-Large Council Member Albert “Al” Mills – YesAt-Large Council Member James Spadola – YesAt-Large Council Member Loretta Walsh – Absent

Agenda #0192 – Res. 22-039 passed with an 8-Yeas and 5-absentvote. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 3-300 lowering the minimum age requirement of those desiring to serve as Mayor from thirty (30) to twenty-three (23) at the time of election. An amendment was made during the meeting to change the minimum age requirement on the resolution from 25 to 23.

“This is an attempt to bring us in line with the majority of states across our nation to lower the age from 30 to 23,” said President Congo. “If something were to happen to the mayor and someone in the city council would need to move to become the mayor, I made a friendly amendment to make the age 23 instead of 25.”

AGENDA #0192 – RES. 22-039 VOTESCity Council President Trippi Congo – Yes1st District Council Member Linda Gray – Yes2nd District Council Member Shané Darby – Yes3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver – Absent4th District Council Member Michelle Harlee – Yes5th District Council Member Bregetta Fields – Absent6th District Council Member Yolanda McCoy – Absent7th District Council Member Chris Johnson – Yes8th District Council Member Nathan Field – YesAt-Large Council Member Maria D. Cabrera – AbsentAt-Large Council Member Albert “Al” Mills – YesAt-Large Council Member James Spadola – YesAt-Large Council Member Loretta Walsh – Absent

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