At the end of the day, if you know James, you know that he enjoys helping people. From serving a year in Iraq when he was 19 with the Army Reserve, to being a civic association President, to chairing the board of one of the biggest housing providers in the state, James enjoys public service and giving back. James’s priorities on City Council will be:
Public safety: James served nearly a decade with the Newark Police Department. A community outreach and crime prevention specialist, James knows the value of law enforcement engaging the community and forming neighborhood partnerships to prevent and solve crime. James will advocate for Wilmington police officers to be issued take-home cars (cars that officers keep at their personal residence) to both 1) deter crime and 2) incentivize officers to continue to reside in the City past the required 5 years. Additionally, to help Wilmington Police recruit and compete for highly qualified police candidates, James will support a year-round application process which is currently not in place.
Increase Lighting: During his time as a police officer, James was a certified Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) officer. He knows that a great way to reduce crime are lighting, lighting and more lighting. James would support and expand efforts to light up sidewalks and parks throughout the City, and has already helped build partnerships to do so in Wilmington.
Engaging Youth: James has a multitude of experience setting up youth programs with many community centers in Wilmington to help educate our children while giving them a foundation to succeed in school and life. James would support expanding programming at the Hicks Anderson Community Center in West Center City with educational programs designed to teach youth the skills needed to survive in tomorrow’s economy.
Helping constituents: James has a long record of helping residents navigate City services, assisting public housing residents and their neighbors, and resolving neighborhood issues. Phone calls and emails will be responded to in a timely manner, and followed up on.
Advocating for the arts, music, and culture: as an avid guitarist himself, James is keenly aware of the benefits that the arts provide to the citizens of Wilmington in maintaining a vibrant quality of life and bringing in visitors.
Champion for Small Business: The son of a small business owner, James will work with small business owners to ensure the City is streamlining the permitting process to encourage business growth and livable wage jobs. James will work to repeal unnecessary regulation that impedes growth, and will advocate for the Wilmington business community in Dover.