Immediately after the Wilmington redistricting bills passed the House, local and state media interviewed State Rep. Charles Potter and Wilmington Education Improvement Commission Chair Tony Allen. Both stated this is a positive step forward. Allen reiterated that if the funding isn’t there, the plan will be suspended by the commission. He stressed the funding is critical at this point.
Afterwards, Delaware Governor Jack Markell came down from his Legislative Hall office and offered congratulations to Jea Street, Tony Allen, and Senator Margaret Rose-Henry. After that, Markell, Allen, Dan Rich, Senator Henry and the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor, Meghan Wallace all went up to Markell’s office for a closed-door discussion.
Rumors are swirling that New Castle County will be giving money towards the redistricting plan. There has been no verification of this, how much money, or what the source of the money would be.
The redistricting resolution heads to the Senate now. I’m hearing the full Senate vote will be much harder than the House. Which means it may not have 100% Democrat Senate support either. No one is offering names in the leaky corridors of Legislative Hall.