Wilmington City Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon, a Democrat, resigned from office during Thursday’s council meeting.
The at-large council member said she’d be taking time to focus on her community development consulting business, RD Innovative Planning, which she said is rapidly expanding within the United States and even internationally.
Prior to her departure, Dixon served as chair of the Health, Aging & Disabilities Committee and vice-chair of the Public Safety Committee. She was formerly the chair of the Community Development & Urban Planning Committee.
First elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2021, Dixon thanked her constituents for trusting her with two terms in office, noting that during her time on City Council she was integrally involved in passing legislation relating to vacant properties, hair discrimination, allowing students to register to vote at their schools, revitalization of Eden Park and sexual consent health education.
Council President Trippi Congo called her resignation bittersweet.
“When you first first broke the news to me, I was extremely upset,” Congo said to Dixon during the council meeting. “And I still am — I mean, that’s just the selfish part of me — but I’m so happy for you that you are able to do what you love doing and just keep doing it in a greater and greater role.”
It’s not clear how or when the vacancy will be filled.
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