Chris Johnson: Attorney, Community Organizer, Reformer
As a progressive Democrat who believes in civil rights and equal opportunity, I have spent my entire career as an attorney fighting voter suppression and advocating for justice reform.
In 2019, I was appointed to City Council to represent the 7th District and instantly began making an impact. I currently serve as Chairman of City Council’s COVID-19 Committee, focusing on guiding our communities through the serious public health epidemic and charting a course towards the road to recovery for Wilmington that truly stabilizes our more vulnerable families. Additionally, I serve as Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee, member of the Finance & Economic Development Committee, and member of the Health, Disability, & Aging Committee. During my tenure on City Council, I led efforts to implement real community policing, fought for protection of our immigrant population, and managed efforts to revitalize and redevelop our most underserved areas, especially on the west side.
Before joining City Council, I spent my entire career as an attorney practicing in public service and public interest law. I also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the 74th Governor of Delaware, John Carney, in 2017. I began my volunteer work for voter protection over a decade ago when I joined the Obama for America Legal Protection Team, and have been working to increase voter turnout in every election since. Our democracy thrives when more voices join the conversation.
I am a proud graduate of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Law School at Widener University.
My wife, Kate, and I live on the west side of Wilmington in the Union Park Gardens neighborhood, where I serve as an at-large member for the Wilmington Democratic Party. I sit on the Executive Committee of the Multicultural Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for Justice.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, but I am a Delawarean by choice. Having lived, worked, and volunteered here for many years now, I am all too familiar with the major problems that plague our neighborhoods: lack of job opportunities;
underperforming public schools; rampant crime and drug abuse not only in the City of Wilmington, but throughout many overshadowed communities in our great state. We must continue to fight for working families throughout our City, so that we all can rise together to create a safer, stronger, and more vibrant Wilmington.
I am running for re-election because we have so much more work to do here in the 7th District. From keeping our families safe to pushing for more economic empowerment and opportunities in Wilmington, the 7th district deserves a champion who fights hard every day for the hardworking parents, small businesses, and community leaders in our great City.