District 1 Special Election Information - Updated July 21, 2021

Due to the resignation of Councilman James Horning, Jr. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, a special election will be held to fill the District 1 Council vacancy on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


18.6% Voter Turnout
Candidate  Machine  Absentee Total
MacMillan 128 82 210
Suchanec 248  130 378
Write-in 1 0 1
Total 377 212* 589
*One ballot was not counted in totals as both candidates were marked.

Polling Locations

The District 1 polling location will be the Wesleyan Church of Newark, 708 West Church Road.

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A form of identification will be required of all voters. For absentee ballots, please contact the City Secretary's Office at (302) 366-7000.

Candidate Qualifications

In order to run for Council Member in District 1, candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • You must have resided in the city for at least one year preceding the election.
  • You must be a qualified voter of the city in the Council district you wish to represent.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony for a period of 15 years preceding the election as that crime is designated by the State of Delaware.
  • You must file a nominating petition with the City Secretary's office with a minimum of 10 signatures of qualified voters residing in the district which the candidate is seeking election. The filing deadline has passed.

Filed Candidates

The following candidates have filed for the office of District 1 Council member for a term to end in April 2023: 
  • Christina MacMillan, 6 Amherst Drive, 302-533-8088, MacMillanForNewark@gmail.com
  • John Suchanec, 110 Tanglewood Lane, 302-598-2222, jrsuch2021@gmail.com
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Voter Registration

*** To vote in the July 20, 2021 special election, you must have registered by Monday, June 28, 2021. ***

Requirements to Vote

  • You must be at least 18 years old by Election Day.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have established residency in the city for at least 24 days prior to the election.
Any individual who is at least 18 years old and is registered to vote with the State of Delaware at a residence within the limits of District 1 within the City of Newark is eligible to vote. If you are unsure if you are registered, please call the City Secretary’s office at (302) 366-7000 and a staff member can look up your registration. You may register to vote through the State Department of Elections here. The voter registration deadline for this election has passed.

Request an Absentee Ballot

The City strongly encourages City residents to vote via absentee ballot for the District 1 Council special election due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Absentee ballot affidavits and a cover letter detailing instructions have been mailed to every registered voter in District 1. If you do not receive an affidavit by Friday, July 2, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 302-366-7000 or citysecretary@newark.de.us to request an absentee affidavit. To guarantee receipt of the absentee ballot package in time for the special election, it is strongly recommended to submit your completed absentee affidavit by Friday, July 9. The final deadline for submitting a completed affidavit is Friday, July 16. All completed absentee ballots must be returned to the City Secretary’s Office no later than 8:00 p.m. the day of the election.

Working at the Polls

The City of Newark is looking for City residents who would like to work at the polling places. Workers must be available from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the day of the election as well as for a training to be scheduled in the week prior to the election. Payment ranges from $150 to $185 for workers depending on the role to which they are assigned plus an additional $50 for attending training prior to the election. Lunch and personal protective equipment (PPE) is also provided.

For more information, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 302-366-7000 or citysecretary@newark.de.us.

More Information

If you have specific questions about city elections, you may call the City Secretary's Office at (302) 366-7000. For further information, you may call the New Castle County Department of Elections at (302) 577-3464.

Election Calendar

June 1, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - Special City Council meeting to set special election date and filing deadline.

June 9, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - Election Board meeting.

June 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Filing deadline for candidates for Council Members in District 1.

June 28, 2021 - Deadline to register to vote in the District 1 special election.

July 20, 2021, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Election Day

July 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - Election Board to begin processing absentee ballots; Ballots will not be counted at this time

July 20, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Absentee judges begin counting absentee ballots

July 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - Election Board certification meeting

July 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - Swearing in of new Council member