Why I’m Running
A True Passion For Change
My name is Coby Owens, and I am running to represent the people of Wilmington’s 1st District. The residents of the 1st deserve a councilman that listens to their concerns and isn’t afraid to fight for their interests in Wilmington. I grew up in the heart of the district on 36th Street. I was raised by a single mother, who instilled in me the values of service and building cooperative coalitions to solve the biggest problems.
I’m running for city council because I love my community. Growing up, I remember seeing changes in my neighborhood and the city overall that lacked community input. Being from a lower middle-class household exposed me to the many struggles that most Americans deal with each and every day. I experienced firsthand how wealth disparities and demographics determined an individual’s possibilities. During the financial crisis of 2007/2008, hundreds of people from the 1st District were affected by housing foreclosures or loss of employment. My mother taught me a lot about the perseverance of the working class and the pride that comes with hard labor. My exposure to the hardships of my family and neighbors has given me a much deeper understanding of how policies impact us all and how a lack of effective representation leads to further erosion of our society.
The ability of my neighbors, family, and friends to overcome hardship has greatly influenced my decision to run for public office so that I can fight for equitable change and to give a voice to all the residents of the 1st District. I’ve seen first hand how important and effective it is for people to come together with their community for their community. Working together is how we move the city forward. In every community I’ve been a part of, I’ve worked hard to find ways to bring people together. Whether it was organizing for affordable housing or racial justice, I truly believe we can create change throughout the district by focusing on three priorities: Creating Opportunity, Fighting for Justice and Investing within our community.
I’m running for City Council because real change can’t wait and I am committed to working together to solve the problems that we face every day. I ask you to join me in rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.