Candidates for Wilmington Mayor debate downtown
By Frank Gerace

Updated Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:02pm

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Mayoral hopefuls square off in debate

The candidates for mayor of Wilmington squared off in a debate downtown Monday night, and you heard it all on WDEL.

During the debate at the Queen Theater, state Representative Dennis P. Williams said he doesn't think kids involved in fights should be suspended from school unless weapons are involved, and said parents are important to making schools better.

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City Councilman Kevin Kelley said evidence that Wilmington's kids are being left behind by the current educational system can be found by looking at the most recent school board elections.

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Scott Spencer said city businessman Ed Osbourne was instrumental in overturning a policy the city was using to grab property from law abiding citizens and give it to big companies.

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Bill Montgomery, former chief of staff for outgoing Mayor Jim Baker, said Spencer's claims about the policy amounted to grandstanding.

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Among the topics discussed was a proposed African-American Heritage Center, which Selara Gatewood said should be in the part of town that's historically African-American.

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Pastor Derrick Johnson claimed the city's decision to award a million dollars to the Delaware Historical Society to operate the center is "insulting" because there aren't enough blacks in the organization.

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Robert Bovell said he'd make completing the facility his administration's first priority.

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All the candidates currently in the running are Democrats. One Republican, City Councilman Mike Brown, ended his mayoral bid back in January.

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