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Purzycki explores a run for Wilmington mayor

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Michael S. Purzycki, executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation, has formed a committee to explore a run for Wilmington mayor.

Purzycki said he’s troubled by the sharp rise in crime. Seven people were shot this week.  The 2015 total now stands at 133.

“As a long-time resident and a deeply involved member of our business community, I believe in Wilmington and all that it means for our state and its residents, Purzycki said. “Bette and I have  lived in the city for decades, we’ve raised our children here, and I have spent the better part of my professional life doing whatever I could to ensure its success. But I believe we are now at a crossroads. I am deeply troubled by the sharp rise in crime, coupled with lack of confidence in our city’s leadership and a loss of optimism in its future.”

Purzycki’s entry adds to an already crowded field of Democrats willing to take on Democratic Mayor Dennis P. Williams. Those who have announced or said they are considering a bid include former city councilmen Norman Griffiths and Kevin F. Kelley Sr., City Council President Theo Gregory, Councilwoman Maria Cabrera, Delaware State Sen. Robert Marshall, and Eugene Young, advocacy director for the Delaware Center for Justice.

Purzycki, who also chairs the Wilmington Hope Commission,  said, “While Wilmington clearly has its challenges, it also has tremendous assets and the potential to be a thriving city once again — but only if we have an aspirational vision of what is possible, and the willingness to do what is necessary to realize that vision.

“Government surely cannot solve all of our problems, but it can create an environment conducive to growth and vitality. We need more opportunities for our residents and a steady focus on economic development to create jobs for those who need them most. My work with the Riverfront Development Corporation and the Hope Commission has given me unique insights into the city, from the streets to the boardrooms. I intend to use that experience to unite us all again – one strong, safe and prosperous Wilmington for everyone.”

As executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation since 1995, Purzycki led the transformation of the city dump and a patchwork of industrial tracts into a popular riverfront attraction with museums, restaurants, entertainment, luxury apartments, townhouses, a convention center, and new employers.

His mayoral website is posted at www.mikeformayor2016.com.

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