John’s Priorities

John Carney, Delaware’s current Governor, is running for Mayor to bring experienced leadership to Wilmington. As Mayor, John will create safe and clean neighborhoods, support city public schools, protect taxpayer dollars, prioritize small businesses, and make the City of Wilmington an even better place to live.

As Governor, John drove new job creation, built Wilmington’s first new school in over 50 years, made the largest state investment in housing, and turned the state’s $400 million budget deficit into a half-billion dollar surplus. John will continue to protect taxpayer dollars and make sure the city has a strong, sustainable budget. 


Every child should have high-quality education from preschool through college

  • Build on the work of the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.
  • Make sure after school opportunities and programming are high-quality and available for all city children.
  • Focus on efforts to promote literacy.
  • Assist schools using city parks and partnerships with community centers for after school and summer programming.

Jobs and Economy

Supporting job training and investing in small and minority-owned businesses

  • Promote job training programs for City residents to gain skills that could provide opportunities for better employment.
  • Support small businesses across the City.
  • Increase opportunities to promote women and minority-owned businesses.
  • Continue efforts to make Wilmington a top place for businesses to start, relocate to, and grow.

Safe and Strong Communities

Making every neighborhood safe

  • Address gun violence in our communities.
  • Work with the State of Delaware and the Wilmington Police Department to stop the group and gang violence.
  • Create clean and safe committees in neighborhoods. Work with City agencies to clean up litter and trash.
  • Encourage neighborhood watch programs.
  • Work to expand Downtown Visions to ensure all residents and visitors feel welcome and safe in Downtown Wilmington.


Making renting and owning property in the city a possibility for individuals and families

  • Focus on eliminating vacant and problem properties in neighborhoods.
  • Expand affordable housing programs for all individuals and families, from subsidized rental to homeownership.

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