Charles Potter, Jr.

State Representative, 1st District

Charles Potter, Jr. is much different than the everyday elected official. He is well-informed and very accessible with his weekly open-door sessions for the community at the Fox Point Diner. Serving the community is a tradition in the Potter family that was instilled from an early age. What Charles calls the 'Potter Private Philanthropies' include: feeding the homeless, paying for needed medications, assisting with funeral costs, sponsoring and coaching stepper and sports teams, supporting the North Market Street Library and the Police Athletic League of Wilmington. He is a member of the NAACP, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, The Monday Club and Lions Club. For more than 20 years Charles has been helping people establish themselves in mortuary, bail bond, clothing apparel, restaurant and insurance business sectors.

He regularly appears on public access channel 28 with his cousin, Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams, to host his television show called 'Straight Talk'. This poignant bi-weekly broadcast, which airs every 2nd & 4th Sunday 3-4pm, provides helpful and important information about the local community.
Charles Potter has always been active in his community, church, with voter registration, keeping a watchful eye on our environmental problems and other civic initiatives, which prompted him to run for Wilmington City Council.

Charles Potter, Jr. believes that Education is the Great Equalizer. He speaks at Civic Organization meetings, schools, community centers, churches, and with other groups about the importance of education. He has provided over 80 college scholarships, mentors youth and helps them go to college. He sponsors an annual community day in Wilmington's First District. He regularly donates school supplies. He helped to bring a public library to 34th & Market Streets and a PAL Center to 37th & Market Streets. Charles also presented a school plan for the City of Wilmington school system and the Brandywine school plan. He has maintained a school seat in the First District through re-districting.

Potter believes in a Clean Environment for All. He led the effort to stop the Cherry Island expansion in height and to stop the pollution. He also worked with the Green Delaware River City Committee, Let My People Know Coalition, Sienna Club, Delaware Watch, and the community on many environmental issues to keep our environment clean.

He is about Action and Not Just Talk. One of his best and most heart-felt accomplishments was when he coordinated the largest Katrina effort in the state of Delaware to assist flood victims. With help from State Representative Dennis P. Williams, volunteers from Teamsters Local 326 and the surrounding community at the Police Athletic League of Wilmington, they were able to send a 53-foot tractor-trailer packed with food, water, clothes, toiletries and other needed supplies to a large distribution warehouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for victims of Hurricane Katrina.