The head of a community development firm said on Tuesday that she plans to run for Wilmington City Council in 2016.
Rysheema Dixon, the CEO and president of RD Innovative Planning, said she will compete for one of the four At Large seats on city council in 2016.
Using her background in organizing community projects, Dixon said she hopes to represent a swath of stakeholders involved in issues like education, transportation, and healthcare.
“Community development, for me, has been most helpful in realizing that it takes more of a holistic approach to solve some of the issues that are within our community currently,” she said.
The council is expected to have several new members after next year’s elections, with numerous city lawmakers already announcing that they won’t run for re-election or plan to seek another office.
Council members Hanifa Shabazz (D-District 4) and Justen Wright (D-At Large) plan to run for council president, an office currently held by Theo Gregory (D), who is running for mayor.
Councilwoman Maria Cabrera (D-At Large) is also mulling a bid against Mayor Dennis Williams.
Council members Mike Brown (R-At Large) and Samuel Prado (D-District 5) have said they won’t seek re-election. Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker (D-District 6) said she is running Lieutenant Governor of Delaware.
Dixon, who lives in Downtown Wilmington, said she has always considered running for office and was inspired by her experience with Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program offered at the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service.
Currently, she serves as the chair of the South Wilmington Planning Network and has worked with organizations and programs like the Wilmington HOPE Comission and Christiana Care.
“Wilmington has given me so much that I want to give back to it,” she said.