Dennis P. Williams
- Not to be confused with Dennis E. Williams, the Delaware state representative from the Talleyville-based 10th district.
|Dennis P. Williams|
|55th Mayor of Wilmington|
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||James M. Baker|
|Member of the Delaware House of Representatives
from the 1st district
|Preceded by||Orlando George, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Charles Potter, Jr.|
January 8, 1953 |
|Alma mater||Delaware Technical Community College|
Dennis P. Williams (born January 8, 1953) is a Delawarean politician who serves as the Mayor of Wilmington. He previously served in the Delaware House of Representatives from 1995 to 2013 in a district based in northern Wilmington. He won the mayoral election for the city of Wilmington on November 6, 2012.1
Born in Wilmington, Williams attended P.S. duPont High School, graduated in criminal justice from Delaware Technical Community College, and was a student at Wilmington Police Academy. He then worked homicide at the city's police department.2
In the 1994 state elections, Orlando George, Jr. was re-elected in the 1st district, but he resigned his post the following year to become president of Delaware Technical Community College. A special election was held on August 12 to fill the vacancy, in which Williams defeated Republican Karen Miller 1757 to 897,3 later securing a much larger majority when he won re-election for his first full term that November.4 Thereafter, Williams was unopposed in every general election until 2008, when he crushed Republican James McClain Jr. 91% to 9%,5 and was unopposed again in 2010.
By the end of the 2012 legislative season, Williams was chair of the joint finance committee, and the appropriations committee, whilst also serving as a member on the judiciary, corrections, public safety, and homeland security committees.2
As the end of his legislative term approached, Williams announced he would run in the Democratic primary for the 2012 Wilmington mayoral election to replace term-limited mayor James M. Baker, forgoing a further attempt for re-election to the state house. Williams ran on a platform centered around tackling crime and emphasizing his law enforcement experience.6 He was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police,7 and Wilmington Fire Fighters Association Local 1590,8 though his campaign ran into some controversy after it emerged he owed $3,184.77 in taxes and bills to the city, following on from a similar incident in March. He later caught up with these debts, blaming them on financial pressure wrought by paying for his mother's medical bills.9
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- Cook, Thomas J. State of Delaware: 1996 Election Results. p. 5.
- "2008 general election results". Commissioner of Elections for the State of Delaware. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Dennis's vision". Dennis P. Williams. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Bouchat-Friedman, Danielle (12 July 2012). "Fraternal Order of Police announce candidate endorsements". CommunityPub. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Cherry, Amy (20 July 2012). "Wilm. Fire Fighters Association endorses Williams, Gordon". WDEL. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
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- "Williams Wins Wilmington Democratic Mayoral Primary". nbcphiladelphia.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "State of Delaware General Election Official Results". State of Delaware. Retrieved November 7, 2012.